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Resources for Businesses

The Workforce Investment Board and its Working Solutions centers offer a wealth of resources and programs designed to help companies hire and sustain the talent they need.  The list below represents some of the incentives and resources available to help businesses recruit, train and maintain a talented workforce in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties.

Recruitment and Business Services

  • NYS Job Bank.  Businesses can post job openings and search for resumes on the State Job Bank at no cost.   Department of Labor Business Services staff can also assist in finding qualified candidates for businesses’ open positions.  Provide the job description, skills and abilities desired, and they search the regional talent pool to find the best match for the open position.

Post jobs at: http://newyork.us.jobs/

Job Indexing   Businesses can link the Careers section of their website to the Job Banks so that new jobs are automatically posted and updated on the NYS Job Bank.  This gives employers direct access to thousands of local job seekers. To index go to http://us.jobs/indexingrequest.asp

  • Career Fairs and Custom Recruiting.   Business Services staff can also organize recruitment events and customized career fairs so that businesses have an opportunity to meet skilled job candidates face-to-face.  Staff can target recruitment events to specific industries or to an individual business and hold the events at the Working Solutions centers or at a place of business.
  • Skills Matching Services – NY Talent.    Talent is a new tool that helps businesses find the most qualified candidates for their job openings.  At https://nytalentbank.labor.ny.gov/talent/login.aspx ,

Talent offers a job order wizard & the ability to search resumes. NY Talent uses artificial intelligence to analyze job postings and resumes using skills matching, going beyond simple keyword matching.

Hiring Incentives

  • OJT    •     On the Job Training is a program that subsidizes the cost of training new hires,   refers to training by an employer that is provided to a paid new  trainee who is engaged in full-time productive work in a job.  Federal Workforce Investment Act funds are used to reimburse the employer a portion of trainee wages, up to 50%.
  • WOTC  •  The Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers employers up to $2,400 in federal tax savings for hiring low-income individuals with barriers to employment. Qualified individuals must complete at least 120 hours of work to qualify for the partial WOTC credit of $1,500, and over 400 hours for the full $2,400 credit. To qualify employers for the credit, individuals must be verified as members of a targeted group.
  • Credits  for Hiring Veterans.   New York State      offers a tax credit to businesses hiring qualified veterans. The credit      equals 10% of total wages paid to the veteran during their first year of      full time employment, up to a credit of $5000.  For disabled veterans it is 15% of full      time wages with a cap of $15,000 in credit.
  • Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit.   The Hire-a-Veteran Tax Credit encourages the hire of qualified veterans.  Businesses must employ a qualified veteran for no less than 35 hours per week for one full year.  Qualified veterans must attest that they were not employed for 35 or more hours in the previous 180 days.  Businesses may earn tax credits up to $5,000 for hiring a qualified veteran, and up to $15,000 for hiring one who is disabled.
  • NYS Minimum Wage Reimbursement Credit.  The Minimum Wage Reimbursement Credit helps businesses adjust to the rise in the minimum wage rate of pay.  Businesses may earn a credit of 75 cents per hour for all hours worked by an eligible employee.  An eligible employee is a student who is 16 to 19 years of age at the time of employment at the minimum wage rate.
  • Workers with Disabilities Employment New York Tax Credit.  Businesses that employ people who currently receive vocational rehabilitation services (or people who received them up to two years prior to hire) may earn $2,100 more in state tax credits.  Businesses get the credit during the second year of employment.

 Workforce Training Grants

  • Consolidated Funding Application.  As part of New York’s new economic development and job creation model, the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) enables businesses to apply for workforce training funds to support one of three programs: Existing Employee training, New Hire training or Unemployed Worker training.  Businesses are eligible to receive up to $100,000 and the trainee award is capped at $5,000.  Three rounds of the CFA have awarded $5 million to businesses for training statewide.
  • NYSERDA training.  NYSERDA offers support for training in “green jobs” and clean energy careers. Workforce training programs are available across the state to prepare new and incumbent workers with skills related to energy efficiency and the installation of clean technologies.

For more information on these and other workforce development supports, contact:

Oneida -  Michael R. Fay at 315 339-0046 ex 226 or mfay@workingsolutionsrome.org

Herkimer – Michael Werenczak at 315-867-1400 or mwwerenczak@herkimercounty.org

Madison – Ellen Bowe at 315-363-2400 or ellen.bowe@madisoncounty.ny.gov