Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Employers Did you Know?

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board.

Employers....Did You Know?

We have programs that can help your workforce...either current or future!  If you have not used our services- you don't know what you are missing.

For all the programs available to your business please visit the link below- or better yet call me 610-841-1122 and we can discuss how we can help.


Recruiting a trained, reliable workforce can be a real challenge for any employer. Let us be your strategic partner in developing and implementing the most effective recruitment plan that offers a wide range of services to assist you in making the right hiring choice.
Our trained workforce development professionals are members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of SHRM exists to promote the highest level of professionalism in Human Resource Management. It offers members professional development opportunities, shares Chapter resources with the communities served, and fosters awareness of the role of Human Resource Management in creating high performance organizations.
NAWDP is the national voice for the professional and meets the individual professional development needs of the membership.
The PA CareerLink staff is focused on the employment issues that are important to you and can assist you in designing a customized menu of services that will meet your recruitment and training objectives. To obtain additional information, contact a workforce development professional at 610-437-5627, extension 136, or email us at BEST@careerlinklv.org.
Lehigh Valley Targeted Industry Clusters
These clusters were targeted because we believe that they will:
 •     Provide above-average wages and be less reliant upon low-wage labor. •     Incorporate a high-technology, knowledge, skill-set component. •     Have synergy with existing Lehigh Valley workforce, infrastructure, educational and other institutions.•     Leverage existing Lehigh Valley assets to minimize land, energy and other resources. •     Expand upon established competitive positioning in the U.S. and globally. •     Have a high value-added component in the local economy. •     Be classified as growth industries at the state and/or national level.  
PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley sponsors regional job fairs that bring together over 150 employers that draw an audience of 5,200 job seekers. View the Job Fair Schedule to get the date for our next fair, as well as information on how you can participate.
When your business is gearing up, you may not have time to wait for the next regional job fair. PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley understands this and works with employers by hosting specialized job fairs. Our staff is highly skilled and can organize and coordinate your customized job fair by providing:
a location to host your job fair
assistance in advertising and marketing your job fair
workforce professionals to assist at your job fair
screening of applicants and applications
scheduling of employment interviews
employer assessments
and whatever it takes to meet your workforce needs

Staff  Development
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) OJT
Drastically Reduce New Employee Training Costs.
The cost of training a new employee can amount to many thousands of dollars due to lost productivity and supervisory time alone. On-the-job training (OJT) has been proven to be one of the most successful means of training new employees in the skills and performance levels required.
PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program can help in defraying those expensive costs. For new, full-time, eligible employees, your company may be reimbursed 50-90% of their wages during an initial training period.
To find out how this program can meet your hiring and training needs, call PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley at 610-437-5627, extension 136 or email us at BEST@careerlinklv.org.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) OJT
Reduce New Employee Training Costs AND Increase the Diversity of Your Business at the Same Time.
OVR’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) program can offer employers reimbursement through the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).  OJT helps businesses reduce hiring costs and provides a job opportunity for OVR qualified job seekers with disabilities.
The program is flexible - you may be eligible for a significant percentage reimbursement of wages paid to new employees during their initial period of training. Also, OVR can provide technical support and certification of additional business tax credits when employers hire job-ready OVR customers.
Any business in good standing with local, state, and federal laws and is able to provide on-the-job training at the work place may be eligible for this hiring incentive.
If interested, call OVR Business Services at 610-821-6441; ask for either Ann Burke at extension 3119 or Jonathan Santana at extension 3118.
We have the people and the funds to help you hire qualified workers!  
For further information, click: OVR - OJT

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