LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With the fallout of the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group bankruptcy, around 700 employees have an uncertain future with the company. So, what resources are available to help these employees if they find themselves looking for work in the near future?
Martin Aguirre, CEO of Workforce Solutions - South Plains division, says that if employees aren't currently being paid, they can go ahead and file for unemployment.
"You don't have to be formally advised of being laid off. If you're not being paid, then you can file for unemployment."
Workforce Solutions is designed to provide State and federal job training programs to those seeking work. If RDAG employees are currently looking to switch fields, now may be the time to do it.
"We do an evaluation of what they've done and what their desires are," Aguirre explained. "If they don't want to do something there's no use in talking about it, let's train you to do something else. We talk to them about job training, because we do have training assistance available, whether it's tuition assistance, we do have assistance for job seeking."
Whether you're looking for work in the South Plains, or across the state, it can easily be done online.
"They don't have to come to the office," Aguirre said. "They can do that online by going to the Workforce Solutions website or the Texas Workforce Commission website. Work In Texas is the statewide job search engine for the state of Texas so it's always available out there."
Aguirre mentions that the unemployment rate in Lubbock is slightly over three percent, meaning that there is plenty of work available in the community.
"If you're a salesman, there's sales jobs all over the community," Aguirre stated. "If you're a technician, I can tell you that there's not an auto dealership in town that wouldn't hire a good mechanic. If you're looking or have thought about changing occupations, just go ahead and take it. There's work out there."