Palm Beach County Businesses Received $317,000 in Training Funds from Workforce Alliance During the Past Year. Funding Level is Expected to Increase in Coming Year

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Workforce Alliance awarded $317,000 in federally-funded reimbursements to 33 Palm Beach County employers during the past program year (July 2011 – June 2012) for on-the-job training costs for 51 newly hired employees. The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides a reimbursement to employers who train eligible new employees in the skills they need to effectively perform in a new position.

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We are now seeking additional companies to participate in the program since we are anticipating the availability of increased OJT funding in the coming months.

Workforce Alliance awarded $317,000 in federally-funded reimbursements to 33 Palm Beach County employers during the past program year (July 2011 – June 2012) for on-the-job training costs for 51 newly hired employees. The employers represented a variety of local industry clusters, including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, biomedical, construction, IT, financial and others.

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides a reimbursement to employers who train eligible new employees in the skills they need to effectively perform in a new position. The program helps local businesses remain competitive in their industries.

Steve Craig, President and Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Alliance, said, “We are now seeking additional companies to participate in the program since we are anticipating the availability of increased funding in the coming months. The participating companies benefit from reduced costs in the hiring and training process and, in many cases, facilitates expansions and diversifications of business operations.”

The training is provided at the employer’s jobsite with reimbursements of 50 percent of the trainee’s regular wage during the training period. The OJT program has a proven track record of providing the required work skills for new employees with successful participants being retained as full-time, fully-productive employees after the training period.

Some of the Palm Beach County employers that received the awards during the past year included:

  •     Locus-Traxx, a Jupiter-based company that uses leading edge technology to track shipments, was provided more than $12,000 to help fund the training of three new employees in electronic technology;
  •     MorseLife, a major healthcare and nursing care provider, received over $56,000 for six OJT projects for training new registered nurses;
  •     Investments Management, LLC of Boca Raton received $7,956 to partially fund the training of a new employee requiring special skills in the accounting department;
  •     Capzer Pharmaceuticals, located in Lake Worth, used the OJT program and funding of $6,084 to provide microbiology training to qualify a new employee for specific responsibilities.

Cityside Suites, the “smart office and business café operation” of Family Enterprises, Inc., received a $6,552 reimbursement for an officer manager position for the growing business. Shalonda Warren, operations manager for Family Enterprises, said, “The reimbursement provided by Workforce Alliance allowed us to increase our staff and improve customer satisfaction. Without the help of Workforce Alliance it is doubtful that we would have achieved this degree of success.”

Businesses interested in applying for OJT funding should contact Katherine Bonner, Workforce Alliance Program Funding Manager, (561) 340-1060, ext. 2344 or e-mail: kbonner(at)pbcalliance(dot)com. Basic program requirements and guidelines are also available on the OJT page of the Workforce Alliance website, http://www.pbcalliance.com.

Workforce Alliance is the state-chartered organization tasked to lead workforce development for Palm Beach County employers and job seekers. In addition to the OJT program, its services to employers include employed worker training programs, recruiting and assessments for new hires, information on tax incentives, labor market information and the use of Workforce Alliance facilities for interviewing, assessing and screening job applicants. Complete information is at http://www.pbcalliance.com.

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Patrick Cannan, Manager, Communications: 561.340.1060, ext. 2368 (cell: 561.452.0703)
Tom Veenstra, Director, Communications:     561.340.1061, ext. 2229

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