The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce was presented with an update on Teleworks USA, which is scheduled to open its doors soon.
Teleworks Hub Manager April Leisge was on-hand to bring the Chamber up to date on the progress toward the Teleworks grand opening.
“Teleworks is a federally funded program offering work at home jobs,” Leisge said. “All of our jobs are 100% legitimate jobs that have been vetted against the Better Business Bureau…we have completed all the necessary background research for the job seeker before posting any of these jobs online.”
Leisge explained Teleworks USA started out as Kentucky Teleworks approximately five years ago.
“We have now expanded and we are nationwide,” Leisge explained. “I think it’s awesome a resident of Harlan County could be employed by a company anywhere in the world and not have to relocate.”
According to Leisge, these jobs will allow residents to work in Harlan and deposit their paychecks in local banks and spend money at local businesses.
“At any given time we have anywhere from 800 to 1,000 jobs posted on our website,” Leisge said. “The jobs vary from full-time and part-time jobs as well as temporary and seasonal jobs. First, second and third shifts are also available.”
Average pay is $9 to $10 per hour, said Leisge.
“We do have some companies that will pay commission that could increase their wages to $12 to $15 an hour,” Leisge said. “We have entry level positions to jobs requiring PhD’s.”
Leisge stated some of the companies available to apply to include U-Haul, X-box, Amazon, American Express, Dell, Apple and AT&T.
“The list goes on and on,” explained Leisge. “I hope to start the first training class sometime in April.”
Leisge said training lasts anywhere from three to six weeks depending on the participant. Classes will consist of customer service and technical support training as well as interview skill and basic resume’ building. The classes are offered at no cost, with priority given to unemployed and under-employed individuals.
Leisge said once training is complete, participants will graduate with four separate certifications.
“It’s important to note that I will not do the hiring,” Leisge said. “I will however be giving the job seeker the tools they need to help them obtain a job.”
Leisge pointed out if the participants do not have the necessary home equipment to do the job, they will have the option of working at the Teleworks facility.
“If they don’t have a computer at home, if they don’t have internet or a land line phone, then they are able to work in our hub for three months free of charge,” Leisge said. “After the three months, if they can’t make arrangements to have a home office then they can continue working in our hub…for a low monthly fee of $75 per month.”
Leisge pointed out in order for Teleworks USA to be a success, it must be a community based project.
“Working together, I believe Teleworks USA could be our opportunity to make Harlan County great again,” Leisge said.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde