ELIZABETH — The Elizabeth Development Company has launched a new initiative to help train and fill the jobs of local employers willing to create an on-the-job training program and hire on-site trainees. The new initiative is specifically for qualifying Union County residents, such as displaced workers, veterans, and/or homemakers re-entering the workforce.
Viewed as good news for local residents who have been seeking employment but need additional training to fill jobs, employers may receive up to half of an eligible employee trainee’s gross wages, for up to 26 weeks, to help defray the costs of their training.
Leading the initiative is the Elizabeth Development Company who has invited partners to support job seekers at many levels. EDC will serve Union County residents who qualify for this program through the county’s One-Stop-Career Center. The Elizabethport Presbyterian Center (Eport Pres Center) and Union County College – Retail Skills Center (RSC) will partner with the EDC to provide supportive social services and training.
The Eport Pres Center will provide social and supportive services for trainees/employees who need additional services to acclimate themselves into the workforce. These services may include screening and assessment, referrals for transportation vouchers, childcare, counseling, and/or more.
The Retail Skills Center will provide supportive social services, job development, and certified training for jobs in the hospitality industry and successful graduates will receive a certificate endorsed by the American Hotel and Hospitality Institute.
The Elizabeth Development Company is actively seeking employers who may want to participate in the project and will serve as an employer’s first point of contact. The EDC is prepared to work with employer’s to help them identify jobs that qualify as on-the-job-training opportunities. Employers may qualify for tax incentives and reimbursements for providing OJT opportunities to qualifying residents.
“We are really looking forward to actively working with our partners to meet the needs of our local employers. They have jobs we can fill them with trainees eager to learn and be employed. Our goal is to place over 40 new employees by the end of the year. Its exciting,” states Dan Devanney, Executive Director, Elizabeth Development Company.
The initiative is funded by Union County Workforce Investment Board, City of Elizabeth Community Development Block Grant, and Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit through NJ Department of Community Affairs.
In addition, employers who hire WorkFirst participants also may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. For more information contact Fatimah Raymond, Program Liaison, EDC, 908-289-0262 or Isaias Rivera, Retail Skills Center ~ Union County College, firstname.lastname@example.org, (908)-355-4444.
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