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An equal opportunity employer/program.

Auxiliary aids are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Employer

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

(AJCs).

 

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

their needs.

 

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

Workplace Act.

Facilitate/Link Employers to Qualified, Potential Hires

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.

Entrepreneurship Support (Microenterprise Services)

Microenterprise Services are closely related to Entrepreneurial Services and may include

training in business skills and best practices, tax and financial planning and credit

building.

Assessment of Potential Hires

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

work site.

Access to American Job Center Job Seeker Pools

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.

Recruitment and Job Matching

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

recruitment efforts.

Referrals of Qualified Job Seekers to Job Openings

Customized screening and referral of qualified WIOA eligible individuals is offered to

Employers.

Customized Training

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.

 

 

On-The-Job Training

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.

304-232-6280

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.

Developing and Posting Job Orders

Apprenticeships

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

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.

Access to Labor Market Data

“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.

Rapid Response Services