Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Lou Imbroto today announced the availability of On-The-Job Training funds for local businesses looking to expand their workforce, train employees, and return jobs to the community. Under this program, the Town will partner with an eligible business and help defray costs (through wage reimbursement) needed to help bring a candidate up to speed in a job where a skills gap exists.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “Our On-the-Job Training Program has been successful in helping putting people to work while assisting employers with growing their business. Federal grant funds allow us to reimburse a business for the additional expenses needed to bring a candidate up to speed in a job. I encourage business owners to contact the Town’s Workforce Partnership program to obtain additional information about On-The-Job training, and learn if your business is eligible to benefit from this fantastic program.”
The On-the-Job Training Program is designed to reimburse a business for the additional expenses needed to bring a job candidate up to speed in a position where they do not meet all the minimum qualifications normally required of the position. The program helps bridge the skills gap by providing funds to train the prospective employee. For small to mid-sized businesses (1-50 employees), employers may be eligible for 75% potential reimbursement, with larger businesses (50+ employees) potentially eligible for 50% reimbursement. Through the use of Federal grant funds, the potential employee’s salary costs are partially offset for the employer. To be eligible, businesses must offer employment opportunities that last at least 1 month and no more than 6 months in length, starting wage must be above minimum wage, the position must be fulltime, and must be a direct hire situation (no placement agency).
Councilman Imbroto stated, “The Oyster Bay Brewing Company previously participated in this On-The-Job Training Program, ultimately helping train and employ two residents in product sales, which ultimately led to permanent positions within the company. In addition to the On-The-Job Training Program, the Workforce Partnership program offers resume building and other career services, as the Town is committed to offering residents the opportunity to enhance their marketability and pinpoint employment opportunities, and help local employers continue to grow their operations. Contact the Town of Oyster Bay today and learn all that we have to offer.”
For more information about this program, including eligibility requirements for trainees and businesses, and information about the many other great services that the Town’s Workforce Partnership program offers, please contact (516) 797-7973.