Business Services

Welcome to an informational Guide on workforce business assistance in Santa Cruz County! Employer subsidies and support are available to train employees, hire new talent, retain employees and assist with layoffs – most of the resources available in this Guide are provided to the employer at little to no cost. The Guide also provides a directory of workforce contacts who will connect employers to the offerings. Information on workforce tax credits and how to access labor market data are also available in the Guide.

Summary of Workforce Services and Benefits for Employers

TRAIN

On-the-Job Training

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: 50% of Pay, up to $10,000

Value Proposition to Employer: Training subsidy to bridge skill gaps of new hires

Qualifying Employees: WIOA New Hires

Incumbent Worker Training

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: $10,000 w/ Cost Share

Value Proposition to Employer: Training subsidy to upskill staff, promote employees & backfill vacant positions

Qualifying Employees: Current Employees

Employment Training Panel

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: Match per $1, limit varies

Value Proposition to Employer: Training subsidy match to upskill any employee

Qualifying Employees: New Hires & Employees

Registered Apprenticeship

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: Cost Share varies

Value Proposition to Employer: Training support & possible grant funding may be available to certify employees

Qualifying Employees: New Hires & Employees

RECRUIT

Recruitment

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: Low to No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: Assistance with job advertising, hiring events & candidate search

Qualifying Employees: New Hires

Work Experience Interns

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: Internships with an opportunity to hire intern after assignment completion

Qualifying Employees: College Students or WIOA Youth

Work-Study

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: 50% of Pay, up to $3,000

Value Proposition to Employer: Part-time worker subsidy for financial aid students to work at nonprofits

Qualifying Employees: Financial Aid Students

SmartHIRE

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: $12,000

Value Proposition to Employer: Hiring subsidy for entry level talent to gain employment

Qualifying Employees: CalWORKs Participants

Hiring Talent with Disabilities

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: $5,000

Value Proposition to Employer: Hiring & training subsidy for disabled talent to gain employment

Qualifying Employees: DOR New Hires

Labor Market Information

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: Access to local market-level wages, labor supply and projections

Qualifying Employees: New Hires & Employees

RETAIN

Small Business Consulting

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: SBDC business advising to retain jobs through recommendations for capital assistance & operational improvements

Qualifying Employees: Current Employees

Work Sharing

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: Reduce up to 60% of staff’s hours & employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for the loss in hours

Qualifying Employees: Current Employees

Incumbent Worker Training

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: $10,000 w/ Cost Share

Value Proposition to Employer: Training subsidy to upskill current employees to avert layoffs

Qualifying Employees: Current Employees

ALIGN

Layoff Services

$ Benefit to Employer, Max/Person: No Cost

Value Proposition to Employer: Rapid re-employment services to help affected staff with their next step & lower unemployment claims

Qualifying Employees: Current Employees