Labor & Training Needs
There are many programs available to help employers with their workforce needs.
There are specific criteria that must be met to be eligible, please contact us for assistance.
Economic Development and Workforce Development
Organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties are partnering together under the 4CG initiative. 4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth. The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges.
Initially, 4CG focused its efforts on Manufacturing Month (October) with manufacturing bus tours for educators, speaker events, and manufacturing/career showcases. These showcase events provide the opportunity for 9th grade students and school leaders to experience today’s work environment and skill sets through interactive stations designed by local manufacturers, businesses, and skilled trade organizations.
Recently, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca Counties came together to support Ottawa County in the development a Rapid Response Plan to address the potential closure of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Out of this plan, the counties will begin a comprehensive workforce analysis, with wage and benefit information and strategic priorities developed to assist potential impacted employees and local employers within this labor shed.
This analysis and plan project has received support from the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Phase I of the project (the workforce analysis and wage and benefit survey) is fully funded and was awarded to consulting firm, Poggemeyer Design Groups with subcontracted services through Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.
4CG’s consultant, Poggemer, will provide assistance in obtaining funding for Phase II of the project implementation, thereby minimizing the need for financial assistance from the economic development organizations, counties, communities, and businesses.
On-the-Job Training -
On-the-Job Training is a federal program that reimburses employers for hiring and training individuals for long-term employment. On-the-Job Training is an opportunity for an employer to recruit, pre-screen and hire new employees, and to train them in the specific skills they will need to help the business thrive. Reimbursement of up to 50 percent of trainee wages during training period.
WIOA Incumbent Worker Training -
This program provides customized employee training for existing businesses. The Incumbent Worker Training Program is designed to benefit businesses and industries by assisting in the skills development of existing workers and thus increasing employee productivity and encouraging the permanency and growth of the business. Employees participating in the program receive skill upgrade training.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit -
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. For more information please visit: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit
Layoff Aversion -
Proactive in nature by helping employers meet existing and future talent needs, including training to existing workers which may avert a layoff or closure.
Rapid Response – if there is an unfortunate event that you may have to lay off or close your business please let us know and we will be happy to help arrange a Rapid Response event. Rapid Response offers early intervention services to employers who are facing downsizing or layoff, as well as reemployment solutions to employers and their workforce who have been impacted by permanent layoff or closure. Some of our services may include customized workshops, training, up-skilling, retooling, certifications or skill matching.
Workforce program for youth and young adults ages 14-24. Link up youth & young adults to employment programs with your company. HCDJFS can match youth with your company and cover 100% of the youth’s wages up to $10 per hour and no more than 40 hours per week.
For more information please visit: www.huroncountydjfs.com/fyre