Hiring Incentives Boost Businesses, Help Unemployed In On-The-Job Training Program


(Binghamton, NY) -- Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today promoted a Hiring Incentive Program that will provide On-the-Job Training for local jobseekers, as unemployed individuals and local businesses benefit in boosting our economy. She was joined by Terry R. Stark, Executive Director of the Broome-Tioga Workforce Investment Board, Tom Crowley, President of Crowley Fabricating & Machining and Christina Pierce, Vice President of LCP Group Inc.
More than 70 area businesses have hired 127 workers in the past year with the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. OJT pairs businesses with qualified workers and covers up to up to 90% of the trainee’s wages during the training period.
OJT has been in existence for many years, but this level of funding for hiring incentives in unprecedented. Funding is provided by a United States Department of Labor Grant.
“Jobs are my number one priority as County Executive,” said Preston. “This Program is mutually beneficial to both jobseekers and local businesses, as we train our local workforce and provide incentives for businesses that help foster a better trained workforce.”
“In the last 12 months we have been able to provide local businesses with $606,000 of re-imbursement for hiring new workers,” said Stark. “Newly created jobs include welders, trades-related, healthcare, mechanical and professional positions.”
The On-the-Job Training program is designed to encourage hiring of job seekers who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.
Businesses interested in taking advantage of this and other hiring incentives, should contact the Business Services staff at the Broome-Tioga One-Stop Career Center by calling Contracts Specialist Rebecca Harris at 607-778-2230 or e-mailing her at rharris@co.broome.ny.us.
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York operates two One Stop Centers to assist local businesses with recruiting and training, and to assist local residents by providing career advice and training assistance.
The Workforce New York offices are located at 171 Front Street in Binghamton, and at the Tioga County Human Services building located on Route 38 in Owego.
Broome-Tioga Workforce is a unique partnership between Tioga and Broome Counties and the regional business community to help businesses recruit and retain talented workers, assess and respond to current and future workforce needs, and help individuals obtain rewarding career opportunities.
08/09/2012 - 7:04pm