Hire a displaced worker, get cash back. A program geared to Sacramento-area firms is helping employers do just that.
The Hiring Assistance Program offers employers who hire displaced workers as much as $5,000 in reimbursement per employee for up to six months.
Employers who seek the funding are helped by the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, which administers the program and works with the nonprofit North State Building Industry Foundation.
The program offers opportunities for displaced workers – those out of work or underemployed because of a prior layoff – to get back to the work site, and gives added incentive to local employees for making the hires they need.
Foundation spokesman JD Stack explained how the program works.
Employers ready to fill positions first call the foundation. The foundation screens the job candidates, checks their eligibility for the program, drafts a training program for the employer and prepares the contract, Stack said.
The employer provides invoices showing that the employees completed training.
In a statement announcing the program, Rick Larkey, a program coordinator at the Building Industry Foundation, said it offers businesses "an opportunity to recoup a reimbursement for their on-the-job orientation and training."
With the program now in its fourth year, about $700,000 in grants have been awarded to Sacramento-area employers, Stack said.
Foundation officials expect funding through June 2014 for the program.
The money comes from two pools of federal dollars. The Department of Labor and a National Emergency Grant fund the effort.
For more information on the Hiring Assistance Program, call the North State Building Industry Foundation at (916) 751-2752 or visit biaworkforce.com.
Yolo job-seeker program
Yolo County-area job seekers can meet with staffing firm Horizon Personnel on Wednesday in Woodland.
Horizon Personnel will accept applications from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services' Woodland One-Stop Career Center for jobs in Winters.
The center is at 25 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland.
For more information, call (530) 661-2641.
Ask the expert
Terri Carpenter, spokeswoman with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, will answer your questions at www.sacbee.com/personalfinanceblog.