What is Subsidized Employment?
Basically, it's a program that gives employers incentives to provide on-the-job-training to prospective employees. There are two "levels" to this: Work Experience and On-the-Job Training.
Through the Work Experience program, a government agency pays the entire cost of an employee's wages on behalf of the employer for a fixed period of time (usually 3-6 months). In exchange, the employer agrees to trains the employee during this time period. Typically, job seekers in this program have little or no work experience, or have been out of the job market for an extended period of time. They tend to be highly motivated and eager to learn, offering employers a great chance to screen and train quality applicants, or simply to benefit from temporary extra help. The employer has no obligation to hire the applicant when the Work Experience ends, and simply offers their expertise in exchange for the trainee's services.
Through On-the-Job Training, a government agency pays half of a trainee's wages for a fixed period of time (usually 3-6 months). The employer provides training, and at the end of the period hires the trainee as a regular employee. The employer has the advantage of having found a great employee, and additionally had half of the training wages paid for.
Both programs offer the employer an additional resource, because the agency that sponsors the trainee also lends expertise and advice, working extensively with the employer to find the best possible candidate, and taking an active role throughout the duration of the program to ensure that things go smoothly.
If you would like to learn more about these two forms of Subsidized Employment, please call The Job Market's Business Services line at 441-5711, or stop by our office at 409 K Street in Eureka. We're open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.