OhioMeansJobs offers many resources and services for employers from navigating the Bureau of Workers' Compensation system, finding skilled employees, recruitment and training programs and more. These services can be added to incentive packages for businesses looking to locate or expand facilities in Hardin County. For more information on any of these programs, contact the Hardin County OhioMeansJobs center.
On-the-Job Training - On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train individuals for long-term employment. Employers can get help recruiting, pre-screening and hiring new employees; help developing a workforce trained in the skills they need to thrive; and reimbursement for a percentage of the trainee's regular wages during the training period. Benefits to employers include reimbursement of up to 50 percent of trainee wages during the training period (up to six months); training tailored to the employer's needs; increased productivity; and higher retention rates.
Employer Tax Credits - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program provides federal tax credits to Ohio employers that hire individuals from one of several target groups. Credits range from $1,200 to $9,600, based on the targe group and the number of hours worked. Target groups include veterans; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) recipients; designated community residents; individuals referred from vocational rehabilitation; ex-felons; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients; eligible summer youth employees; and long-term unemployed.
Rapid Response Employer Services - Provides assistance to businesses experiencing transitions, whether it be expansions, contractions or something in between. Rapid Response services can help you and your workforce navigate the difficult transitions with assistance that is proactive, flexible, and free. Services include: an explanation of your options, including layoff aversion services; layoff and closure assistance, including informational material about Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification (WARN); resources and information can be provided about filing for a mass layoff number to make it easier for employees to apply for unemployment benefits; surveys of worker training and employment needs; and reemployment services nearby or on site to help the affected employees get reemployed, and possibly retrained, as quickly as possible.
Other Services - Visit the OhioMeansJobs website to learn about Assessments; Basic Skills Training; Business Services and Recruitment; Career Exploration, Job Matching and Job Placement; Co-Op/Internship related training/Apprenticeship; Continuing Education/Professional Development; Education and Training (Certificates, 2-year and 4-year degrees); Licensing and Testing for Careers; Remedial Education and Academic Intervention for Students; Stipend; Supportive Services; and Tax Credits.