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The Business View – October 2016 / Small Business Corner
Perhaps one of the most challenging issues facing business owners is finding the financial resources they need. The Mobile Area Chamber maintains strong relationships with area lenders, but there are often unknown or overlooked programs that can have a significant positive impact on the bottom line.
Two of these programs can be found locally through Mobile Works, the workforce investment agency for Mobile County funded under the federal Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act. Through this funding, the On-the-Job Training Program and Incumbent Worker Training Program can enhance your business profitability and help you be more competitive.
What is the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program?
Hiring and training a new employee can be a time consuming and significant financial investment, especially if the new employee doesn’t work out. Mobile Works will contract with your company to pay up to 50 percent of costs to train eligible new hires from 11 to 26 weeks.
How does the OJT program work?
The employer meets with Mobile Works to create a job description and training plan, then completes an application and negotiates length of training and reimbursement. The employer must provide proof of workman’s compensation, must have been in business for at least a year, and ensure that the job is not in sales, and pays at least $9 per hour. The employer recruits and interviews workers, and if interested in the candidate, that person will apply to Mobile Works to determine OJT program eligibility; or Mobile Works can recruit, review and refer eligible candidates to the employer. Finally, the employer submits reimbursement requests and receives reimbursement on a monthly basis after hiring a worker.
What is an eligible candidate?
Eligible job seekers must meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility requirements, must have been laid off or be underemployed and seeking a career change or re-entering the labor market.
What is the Incumbent Worker Training Program?
Mobile Works partners with local businesses to leverage their training investment. Through the Incumbent Worker Training Program, Mobile Works will pay up to 50 percent of a company’s total training costs for existing staff, up to $30,000 maximum per contract. Qualified training programs should provide new or upgrade existing skill sets and improve employees’ potential for increased wages. These workforce investment programs provide the framework for a unique workforce employment system designed to meet the needs of businesses with qualified workers.
For more information about these and other programs of Mobile Works, go to www.mobile-works.org, or contact the Chamber’s small business development department at 251-431-8652.
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