It’s easy to read the news today and see a reference to the widening skills gap. What’s hard is to figure out how to close that gap.
“Skills gap” describes the mismatch between the skills employers need and the skills that job seekers have. While the term is commonly referenced in the manufacturing industry, it applies to industries across the board from technology to healthcare to engineering. What if a program could provide the opportunity for job seekers to close the skills gap, thereby giving employers access to a more qualified applicant pool? And what if that program also provided funding to the employer to offset the costs of training the new employee?
Through a new federally-funded on-the-job training (OJT) program, CCWA can do just that. Employers can review a list of pre-screened applicants and choose their top candidates. Then, for up to six months during the OJT period, the organization will receive a reimbursed portion of the new employee’s wages. The primary expectation is that the company will hire the OJT trainee as a regular, full-time employee once training is complete.
While any company can benefit from an OJT program, those companies that have a significant “ramp-up” to get employees up-to-speed on procedures and policies for productivity and profitability purposes will realize a return-on-investment the quickest.
To learn more about this program, please contact:
Vice President, Workforce Development
Community College Workforce Alliance