Grant Money Available for Delaware County Businesses to Train New Employees
In response to Delaware County business owners' concerns about an available and viable workforce, the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Delaware County Department of Economic Development, CDO Workforce and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to sponsor and promote a program aimed at reimbursing businesses for costs related to hiring new employees.
Grant money has been made available by CDO Workforce through the On-The-Job Training Program to reimburse Delaware County employers up to $2,000 in qualified training expenses for each new full-time employee hired.
Delaware County Office of Employment and Training Assistant Director Maggie Gilbert will present an informational session for Delaware County business owners, or their representatives (such as human resources personnel), on Thursday, March 22 from 10 a.m. - noon, at the Delaware County Business Center (formerly known as the Delaware County eCenter), located at 5 1/2 Main Street, Delhi.
A question-and-answer session will follow a 20-minute presentation outlining the program’s requirements. Following the presentation, employers can sign up for the program or schedule an appointment with an OJT Program representative for more information. The paperwork, or administration, requirements for a business owner to participate in the program are straightforward and simple, Gilbert said.
Delaware County IDA/Economic Development Executive Director Glenn Nealis said the program directly addresses workforce development concerns expressed to his office over the past year. “The program,” Nealis said, “will ensure that we have a viable, trained and qualified workforce that has the skills and resources needed to maintain employment.” The program, Nealis continued, is a “win” for employers and prospective employees alike.