Mother Lode Works Vol. 20

"Your source for employment news in the Mother Lode"

This week in Mother Lode Works...

  • Mariposa Businesses Gather for a Recruitment Discussion

  • Work Experience Opportunities in the Mother Lode

  • Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair

  • UI Claim Updates

Up to Date COVID-19 Information

- covid19.ca.gov: The official website for California COVID-19 updates and resources. - edd.ca.gov: EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.

Mariposa Businesses Gather for a Recruitment Discussion

On July 22, 2021, Mariposa County businesses were invited to attend and participate in a Town Hall Emergency Recruitment Event. This collaborative event was held to identify reasons why people are not returning to work and to find resolutions to this local and National issue. The local businesses that attended included: John C Fremont Hospital, The Mariposa County School District, First 5, Mariposa Health & Human Services, SBDC, the Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Child Support Services and many other local businesses.


The conversation centered around the difficulties in the recruitment process due to Covid-19. Many employers are concerned that employees are not returning to the workforce due to unemployment benefits, lack of childcare and transportation.

Attendees of the Town Hall meeting worked together to brainstorm short-term goals and solutions for the recent employee shortage epidemic. Possibilities included:

  • Develop a shared employee partnership among businesses

  • Share resumes that are received

  • Open more daycare facilities

  • Employer childcare on-site

  • Provide stipend payments for childcare and mileage

  • Remote work when possible

  • Raise salaries and provide benefits

  • Recruit retirees

  • Obtain recruitment assistance from MLJT and hold a county-wide job fair

The group also came up with long-term goals that will provide solutions for recruitment in the future. Long-term goals included:

  • ROP or CTE programs at Mariposa County High School

  • Partner with high schools to obtain employees during school hours

  • Incentive programs for new childcare facilities (pay for start-up fees)

  • Childcare feasibility study

  • Investigate ordinances/General Plan to allow for work campers

  • CA Dream Fund

  • In-house childcare

  • Workforce housing

Local businesses were left assured that Mariposa County and Mother Lode Job Training are here to help solve the recruitment emergency. Employers were pleased that the event was held and they have been heard. The next step is to hold a county-wide Job Fair. If you are a business that is in need of recruitment assistance, contact your local Mother Lode Job Training job center for information on our business services or to participate in our next hiring event.

Work Experience Opportunities in the Mother Lode


Ready to get to work? Searching for your first job? Interested in a new career with little experience? Our Work Experience (WEX) program is a wonderful opportunity to upskill your abilities and/or learn a new trade!

We partner with local businesses to provide a 3-6 month temporary position that will impart invaluable skills for your next job. This free service is available to eligible applicants residing in Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties.

If you are interested in speaking with a specialist to discuss this opportunity further, please call (209) 533-3396 to contact your nearest job center.