Recruitment, Training & Customized Employment Programs

VIII Recruitment, Training & Customized Employment Programs

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

EDD is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state and offers a wide variety of services to millions of Californians under the Job Service, Unemployment Insurance (UI), State Disability Insurance (SDI), Workforce Investment, and Labor Market Information programs. As California’s largest tax collection agency, EDD also handles the audit and collection of payroll taxes and maintains employment records for more than 17 million California workers. EDD helps employers and job seekers by:

  • Assisting California employers with their labor needs.
  • Helping California job seekers obtain employment.
  • Administering the federally-funded workforce investment programs for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.
  • Assisting disadvantaged recipients in becoming self-sufficient.
  • Helping unemployed and disabled workers through the administration of the UI and SDI programs.
  • Supporting state activities and benefit programs by collecting and administering employment-related taxes (UI, DI, Employment Training Tax, and Personal Income Tax withholding).

For more than 70 years, the EDD has connected millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of the Golden State.

America’s Job Centers (AJCs) of California

Need help finding quality employees for your business? There are America’s Job Centers (formerly known as WorkSource Centers) located all over the Valley that have the trained workforce you need to grow your business. You will also find multiple incentives for businesses at these centers, including on-the-job training programs for new and incumbent employees, training and staff development, retention assistance, family services, workforce resources, as well as interview and conference rooms if your facility does not have one. Valley AJCs include:

Employment Training Panel (ETP)

The California Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a state agency that provides funding to help employers provide training and skill development for incumbent employees and unemployed individuals. For incumbent workers, companies can quality for ETP funds to retrain workers whose jobs are threatened by out-of-state competition. Priority industries for ETP funding, include manufacturing, construction, green technology, distribution and transportation logistics, technical services, multimedia/entertainment, information technology, biotechnology and life sciences and agriculture. Annually, the ETP announces the amount of funds available along with application procedures and deadlines for the upcoming fiscal year.

ETP – No More Barriers Program

ETP is currently providing priority funding and outreach for training Individuals With Disabilities (IWD), under its current Job Creation Program. It will also offer the same wage/rate as Job Creation. ETP will partner with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) to reach employers that have made a commitment to hiring IWD workers. This includes employers holding federal contracts that must now comply with requirements for hiring IWD due to recent changes in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. DOR estimates there are some 20,000 such employers in California, including Small Business. Because No More Barriers is an initiative falling under JC Guidelines into Job Creation, it will only be applicable to Single Employer Contractors. Also, the “newly hired” eligibility criteria will apply for IWD trainees although the designation of a qualifying disability will be left up to the employer. ETP will also fund training for incumbent workers in topics related to Section 503 Compliance, under the same contract; however, standard program criteria for retraining will apply.

ETP – Certified Safety Training

Three certified training programs with specific safety content are approved for ETP funding: OSHA 10/30, HAZWOPER, and HAZMAT. All hours of CBT or classroom training are approved for funding as required to obtain or retain certification. Although field work may be a requirement for certification – no field work will be funded by ETP.

ETP – Apprenticeship Training

Has your company ever considered hiring apprentices, pre-apprentices, or journeymen? ETP’s Apprenticeship Training program will reimburse qualified employers for the time spent training these particular individuals. Apprentices are reimbursed as Class/Lab with a special rate of $13 per hour (Priority Industry Rate of $18 minus $5 Montoya) – there is no Computer Based Training (CBT) rate for Apprentices. Pre-Apprentices and Journeymen training are reimbursed as Class/Lab with a blended rate of $22 per hour. CBT is also allowed at $8 per hour. The main requirement is a specific retention time of 500 hours within 272 days with multiple employers (rather than 90 consecutive days with a single employer).

California’s Veterans (CALVET)

California’s returning veterans present a strategic hiring advantage that sets the State apart. California is home to approximately 2 million Veterans – more than any other state in the nation. Coupled with federal incentives (such as the VOW to Hire Heroes Act), returning veterans in California provide a strategic opportunity for companies seeking to take advantage of a workforce that is already skilled in advanced military applications and given California’s military significance, is arguably one of the most trained and educated to ever exit from military service.

Special Employer Incentives (SEI) for Hiring Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program provides eligible Veterans an opportunity to obtain training and practical hands‐on experience concurrently through the SEI program. The SEI program is for eligible Veterans who face challenges in obtaining Employment.

Employers who hire veterans receive:

  • Reimbursement of up to 50 percent of the Veteran’s salary during the SEI program, which typically lasts up to 6 months, to cover:
    • Expenses incurred for cost of instruction
    • Necessary loss of production due to training status
    • Supplies and equipment necessary to complete training
  • VA‐provided tools, equipment, uniforms and other supplies
  • Appropriate accommodations based on individual needs of the Veteran
  • The advantage of minimal paperwork to participate
  • VA support during training and placement follow‐up phase to assist with work or training‐related needs

Joint Venture Program (JVP)

JVP provides vocational training opportunities to inmates within California’s correctional settings and it offers businesses attractive benefits for employing them. These individuals gain enhanced job skills, which allow them to return more successfully to the community as productive citizens after serving their time. A very successful correctional rehabilitation program, the JVP has a recidivism rate of 9%.

The JVP helps these individuals return more successfully to society as productive citizens after serving their time. The Joint Venture Program offers participating businesses:

  • Long term leases at below market rates ($0.02/sq.ft.)
  • A 50% discount on Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • No employee benefit packages required (medical, vacation, sick leave, etc.)
  • State tax credits
  • A reliable, motivated labor force ready to work immediately
  • Available space in locations throughout California
  • Companies can feature “Made in the USA” label