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An equal opportunity employer/program.
Auxiliary aids are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
It is our goal is to assume a strong leadership and advocacy role in the local workforce
development system, and in the process, build bridges with Employers in “high
demand” industries to increase their involvement with regional American Job Centers
We value Employers as “key customers” in the local workforce development system and
work to serve them effectively and efficiently through AJC “Business-Driven” Programs
and Services. In an effort to meet Employer demands at any given time, it is the
responsibility of AJC Staff to “customize” Programs and Services for Employers to suit
The focus of our workforce development initiatives is three-fold: 1) Improve the
regional workforce capability; 2) Increase employment rates; and, 3) Create solid links
with area Employers in “high demand” industries, especially small Employers.
To participate in any Programs & Services offered at regional AJCs, an Employer must
be in compliance with West Virginia Unemployment Compensation and Worker’s
Compensation Laws. The Employer must assure that it will comply with the Drug-Free
American Job Center Staff can schedule, and complete, interviews on behalf of an
Employer either at a regional American Job Center or at the Employer’s work site.
Microenterprise Services are closely related to Entrepreneurial Services and may include
training in business skills and best practices, tax and financial planning and credit
Needs Assessment Tools are available to help Employers identify training needs for the
purpose of improving employee job performance when employees aren’t performing up
to a certain standard or at an expected level of performance. Instructional/Curriculum
design can be developed/delivered with input from the Employer and offered at the
At the request of the Employer, American Job Center Staff can search their customer
pools for WIOA eligible individuals who possess the required skills and qualification the
Employer is looking for.
A number of services like, job matching, participation in regional Job Fairs, job
posting(s) at American Job Centers, etc. are offered to assist Employers with their
Customized screening and referral of qualified WIOA eligible individuals is offered to
Customized Training is designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of an
Employer, or a group of Employers, to introduce workers or potential workers, including
those with disabilities: To new technologies or new production or services procedures;
To upgrading employee skills for new jobs; If employees are not earning a selfsufficient
wage; or, For other appropriate workforce development purposes in
accordance with the WIOA. Customized Training will be limited to the period of time
required for individuals to reach a competency level required in the occupation for
which individuals are being trained. However, under no circumstances will Customized
Training exceed thirty (30) days. Customized Training may be offered to no less than a
total of ten (10) eligible Participants. The Employer pays for no less than fifty percent
(50%) of total training costs. Through participation in Customized Training, an
Employer may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The OJT Program is designed to benefit both the WIOA eligible individual and the
Employer. This program matches Employer needs with WIOA eligible individual’s
qualifications. Occupational training is provided by an Employer to an OJT Participant in
exchange for reimbursement to cover the extraordinary cost of providing training and
supervision related to the training. OJT reimbursement will be limited in duration
depending on the occupation the OJT Participant is being trained for, but will not, in
any circumstance, exceed six (6) months or 1040 hours. The hours of training will be
based on the academic and occupational skill levels and prior work experience of the
OJT Participant. Employer reimbursement will occur in accordance with the region’s
reimbursement sliding scale. The amount of reimbursable hours to a participating
Employer will depend on the total number of existing employees the Employer has.
Payments for reimbursement of an OJT Participant’s wages are made directly to the
Employer. The Employer is responsible for designing the training program for the OJT
Participant at the work site. The OJT Participant is to be compensated the same wage
rate, including periodic increases, as other trainees or employees who are in similar
occupations with the same Employer and who have similar training, experience and
skills. The OJT Participant must be hired on a full-time basis with an hourly wage rate
of no less than the minimum wage rate. Full-time employment is considered to be no
less than thirty-five (35) hours per week. OJT funds may be used when placing a
Participant into a Registered Apprenticeship Program. An OJT contractual agreement
can be written with a Registered Apprenticeship Program or a participating Employer in
a Registered Apprenticeship Program for the OJT portion of the Registered
Apprenticeship Program. Depending on the length of the Registered Apprenticeships
and available funding, WIOA funds may cover some or all of the Registered
Apprenticeship Training. Through participation on the OJT program, an Employer may
be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
If you are an employer and interested in any of these Programs and Services, please call our Wheeling office for details.
Helping Area Employers with Their Workforce Needs.
At the request of the Employer, American Job Center Staff may develop a job order on its behalf. Or, the Employer can develop the job order. Regardless, all Employer job orders can be posted at regional American Job Centers.
Apprenticeships are industry-driven models that combine on-the-job learning with job
related instruction as an “earn and learn” model, apprentices are employed and earn
wages from the first day on-the-job. Using Apprenticeships as work strategies
contribute to higher performance outcomes in employment, retention, earnings and
credential attainment. Apprenticeships are extremely effective experiences that allow
for individuals to” earn while they learn” and gain hands-on experience in building the
skills that Employers require.
Incumbent Worker Training is designed to meet the special requirements of an
Employer or a group of Employers in “high demand” industries to retain skilled workers
or avert the need to lay off employees by assisting workers in obtaining the skills
necessary to retain employment. The Employer must demonstrate that there is a need
for the Training in order to remain Competitive in their Industry or the Economy.
Incumbent Worker Training is conducted with a commitment by the Employer to retain
or avert lay-offs of the workers trained. The number of Participants the Employer(s)
plans to train or retrain has to be no less than twenty-five (25). The training period will
last no more than fifteen (15) days. Incumbent Worker Training may be used for
upskilling apprentices who already have established working/training relationships with
a Registered Apprenticeship Program. The participating Employer will be required to
pay for the non-federal share of the costs of providing training to their Incumbent
Workers in accordance with a sliding reimbursement scale. The amount of reimbursable
hours to a participating Employer will depend on the total number of existing employees
the Employer has.
Employers can be provided with access to the most recent Labor Market Data and Trends for the region and State that details “high demand” occupations and jobs.
“Rapid Response” is a process that provides information and services to Employers experiencing job loss/closure. The Rapid Response Dislocated Worker Program
responds to company layoffs and closures by promoting early intervention and providing transition services to affected Employers, affected employees, unions, if
applicable, companies and local communities.