Need skilled workers?
On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.
Looking for help with recruiting, hiring, or training workers?
Get assistance at one of the nearly 2,400 American Job Centers that offer business services.
Want to help someone find much-needed employment while reducing your federal income tax liability?
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit incentive that benefits both employers and qualified workers.
Knowing where—and how—to search for the right talent is key. One or many of the options below may be right for your business.
American Job Centers
Understand the Labor Pool
Post a Job
Local Schools and Training Programs
Connect to Professional Associations
Hire a Vet
Need skilled workers? On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.
As an employer, you’ll benefit from more efficient recruiting, more targeted training, and assistance with training expenses:
Getting started with OJT
Because OJT offers a comprehensive training solution, you must meet certain criteria to participate. Steps in the process:
Need help with OJT or other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center to connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.
WOTC helps targeted employees move from economic dependency to self-sufficiency while earning a steady income and becoming contributing taxpayers. Benefits to the hiring business include:
To learn more about WOTC, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor's webpage for employers interested in WOTC.
Have questions about WOTC? Contact the WOTC coordinator in your state. You can also contact your local American Job Center to connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.
Obtaining training grants can be a complex process, but worthwhile pursuing. Key points to keep in mind:
If training grants are not available, funding may be available in another form. The sources below can help you explore your options.
When exploring grants or other funding for training, start at the state or local level. Here are some options for getting started:
Federal training grants are administered through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Need help with training grants and other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center to connet with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.
You can save training costs by connecting with other businesses in your area that have similar training needs. Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) facilitate these connections to maximize the productivity and success of businesses in their region.
What are Workforce Development Boards (WDBs)?
WDBs are part of the Public Workforce System, a network of federal, state, and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of the nation’s workforce.
State and local WDBs serve as connectors between the U.S. Department of Labor and local American Job Centers that deliver services to workers and employers. The WDBs’ role is to develop regional strategic plans and set funding priorities for their area.
Think of your local WDB as your link to the public workforce system. As one of their many functions, many WDBs facilitate partnerships between local businesses with similar training needs. WDBs also rely on labor market information to develop sector strategies that focus resources on a particular high growth industry for their area, often involving skill training for local businesses.
More than 50 percent of each WDB’s members must come from the business community. In addition, WDBs are required to have representation from local community colleges and other training providers, as well as elected officials and workforce program leaders. This ensures that current skill needs of local businesses are communicated to relevant training programs.
Learn more and get involved
Your local WDB wants to hear from you—to learn about your workforce training needs, growth opportunities and challenges, and ways you’d like to partner. Some ways to connect and learn more:
Want to learn more about business partnerships and other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center and connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.