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Kansas WorkforceONE

Draka Cableteq USA

Workforce Challenge

Draka Cableteq USA started its search for a new location in June, 2010, and selected Hutchinson, KS. They received approval for the site selection in September, at which time it started a search for a Production Manager as well as the search for all other production positions. Because the company has locations worldwide and was not headquartered in Kansas, logistics, travel, costs and timing would pose a challenge in meeting hiring deadlines for the opening of the facility.

Workforce Solution

Draka had previousily used Video Conferencing technology in similar situations with success. The company partnered with WorkforceOne Kansas, who had access to similar technology, for assistance with recruiting and hiring for its open positions. Via VTC, the company conducted initial interviews with Production Manager candidates, and interviewed the initial list of Production Workers for the Hutchinson facility prior to the Production Manager starting. Kansas WorkforceONE Staff provided support in arranging these meetings, scheduling the video feed and pulling all the details together, drawing on the local labor pool to identify appropriate candidates for employment.

Outcomes & Benefits

Draka used VTC technology in over 12 interview sessions for Production Managers, shortening its search process by an estimated 30-45 days and saving approximately $7,500 in travel & other expenses before finalizing a hiring decision. Additionally, over 20 candidates for Production Workers were interviewed in a three day period, saving an estimated $8000 in expenses. The facility is now in operation in Hutchinson, KS.

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