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Grant dollars available to help train new employees in North Iowa

Our region has received grant money through the Workforce Investment Act that can help offset the cost to train new employees for up to the first six months they are working. This grant is primarily for individuals that are direct hires for full-time, permanent positions. |Our region has received grant money through the Workforce Investment Act that can help offset the cost to train new employees for up to the first six months they are working. This grant is primarily for individuals that are direct hires for full-time, permanent positions.

To qualify, an agreement between IowaWorks and the employer must be in place before June 30, 2011.

Here are the details:
ï On-the-job-training is a program funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that provides an opportunity for your business to train new employees in new skills while WIA pays 50% or more of their wages for the initial training period (1-6 months).
ï Local IWD will work with you to develop a training plan (based on the written job description) reflecting skills that will be taught and a general timeline for that training.
ï Potential employees are those that have been laid off from their previous position and been unable to find full-time permanent work.
ï You must contact IWD before hiring the new employee.
ï Once the employee is hired, you will submit monthly payment vouchers showing hours worked and wages paid. Note that wages, benefits and working conditions must be comparable to other employees.
ï You will fill out brief evaluations of progress by the new employee.
ï The new hire cannot be a replacement for a laid off worker in the same position.
ï The documentation requirements on your part are minimalólocal IWD will make the process a smooth one to limit your time commitment.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Andrade
Workforce Advisor, Recruitment/Placement
IowaWORKS
600 South Pierce
Mason City, IA 50401
(641)422-1529|

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