Workforce Alliance provides employers with grants that offset 50-75% of eligible new hire wages while they learn essential job skills through employment. Jobs must be permanent and full-time with a clear career pathway. Eligible candidates may include dislocated workers as the result of COVID-19, low income adults or youth, or participants in sector-based training programs. See below for Frequently Asked Questions about On-the-Job Training (OJT).
PAID WORK EXPERIENCE & INTERNSHIPS
Ideals for non-profits, small businesses or even municipal agencies. Provide 8-12 weeks of work experience or internships and Workforce Alliance will pay workers directly at a rate of $15/hour. Wages, payroll functions and worker’s compensation insurance for participants are provided. Get the extra help you need and give someone valuable work experience.
JOB POSTINGS & JOB CLUBS
Send job postings to your specialist to be circulated through the American Job Center network and posted to our ESSENTIAL EMPLOYER RECRUITING & HIRING PAGE. Visit with eligible jobseekers VIRTUALLY during a Job Club. Employers can join job clubs via Zoom to share your company’s hiring needs and “meet” candidates.
CUSTOMIZED & INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING
Matching grants may be available. Employers can get help training incumbent employees for new skills that lead to retention and worker advancement. Customized training builds a hiring pool with specific skills. Companies intending to hire pay a portion of the cost, while Workforce Alliance matches the funds, secures the training provider, and recruits and screens candidates.
Candidates trained in special programs can be matched to your company’s needs AND are eligible for all business services. Learn more about each, then talk to your specialist:
FAQ’s about OJT’s
Workforce Alliance and the employer develop a training plan for each candidate. Training takes place at a Connecticut businesses, while a person is doing the actual job. Outside instruction is not required. An experienced employee or supervisor ensures that the person is getting the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive using your establishment equipment and training techniques.
Candidates are screened and assessed for skills, aptitudes and interests and are referred through the American Job Center network or through special programs. Candidates identified directly by employers will be screened for eligibility only prior to starting work.
Eligible candidates are Connecticut residents who are unemployed or underemployed (working less than full-time, or working below their level of education or experience), and may also meet other criteria such as low household income, young adult (ages 18-24) and out of school, or dislocated workers due to COVID-19.
The average training contract and reimbursement is 12-16 weeks, and is agreed upon by both Workforce Alliance and the employer. Trainees are full-time, permanent employees at a business and continue to be so after the OJT contract is completed.
Employers are reimbursed 50% of the cost of wages for the new hire for the duration of the training period. Monthly documentation is required for wages paid and hours worked. Depending on the placement, hourly wage minimum and maximums apply.
Employers are not required to return payments if the candidate leaves employment, either during an OJT contract period or after. However, Workforce Alliance staff will attempt to identify the reasons why a candidate was not successful through follow up with the employer and the candidate.
Yes! Employers who demonstrate a commitment to long-term, permanent employment for new hires and who have several positions to fill that meet criteria can have multiple OJT contracts.
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Workforce Alliance Business Services are funded in whole or part by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration and other federal and Connecticut Department of Labor programs. Equal opportunity employer programs. Auxiliary aids and serves are available upon request to individuals with disabilities