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Labor department offers on-the-job training help

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The Idaho Department of Labor is offering businesses incentives to hire unemployed workers and train them on the job.

Under the on-the-job training program, Idaho employers hiring qualified workers can get 50 percent of the new employee's wages reimbursed by the department for up to six months of training, depending on the occupation and the trainee's skill level. The jobs have to pay at least $ 10 an hour.

Workers completing the training period are hired permanently by the employers. Over the past three years more than 80 percent of the 300 workers involved went on to become permanent employees.

"Idaho's on-the-job training program is designed to put quality employees back to work with skills that increase their value to employers," Department Director Ken Edmunds said, "and employers are seeing that value."

Idaho's on-the-job training program is one of several department business services available to help employers take full advantage of Idaho's economic recovery. Employers interested in the on-the-job training program can contact any of the department's 25 local offices to learn if the jobs they are planning to fill or the employees they want to hire are eligible.

"One of our Labor consultants can determine a potential employee's eligibility and complete the paperwork for an eligible employee's enrollment over the phone," Edmunds said.

Learn more about Idaho's on-the-job training program online at www.labor, idaho. gov.


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Original Publication Date: January 29, 2014

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