Workforce Santa Cruz County offers no-cost services to local businesses to train employees, hire new talent, retain employees, and assist with layoffs, supporting current and future workforce needs.

Business Consultations

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with local and state partners including Workforce Santa Cruz County, has launched a local confidential program to assist businesses keep their doors open and retain employees. Take the steps now and get the support you need to avoid job loss and business closure. This program is created to provide a full range of coordinated resources to help sustain businesses and retain jobs in Santa Cruz County.

  • Are you having trouble meeting payroll?
  • Do you need transitional support for your employees should downsizing occur?
Additional Resources

To get more information, contact the SBDC at Cabrillo College: call (831) 479-6136, e-mail, or visit their website at

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) provides both employers and workers with an opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce. The program is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs so participants can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for employers.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the Incumbent Worker Training Program, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872, e-mail, or visit the Workforce Santa Cruz County Business website.

Rapid Response Layoff Service

Employers can access a variety of services specifically designed to ease the stressful transition for employees. Our Rapid Response team will come to your employment site and provide:

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits information
  • Resume, interview, and job search assistance
  • Outplacement and transition services
  • Vocational and skill assessments
  • Labor market information (LMI)

When closure and layoffs cannot be avoided, access to information on job training, skill upgrade services, and existing job opportunities can reduce the time on unemployment insurance and get people back to work more quickly.

On-the-Job Training

The On-the-Job-Training Program is good for both the employer and the job seeker. It provides a valuable benefit to businesses seeking to hire and train new employees. Employer benefits include:

  • Reimbursement of up to 50% of trainee’s salary
  • Tax credits for hiring certain eligible participants
  • Reduction of costs associated with training new staff
  • Access to prescreened applicants
  • Ability to grow your business
Additional Resources

To learn more about the On-the-Job Training Program, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872 or e-mail

Staffing Solutions

If you are hiring, we can help – at no cost! Employers can find a wealth of information, tools, and resources through CalJOBS, three local Career Centers, and the Business Services Representative.

 Available Information:

  • Labor Market Information (LMI) to identify wage trends by occupation and region.
  • Tools include applicant job skill assessment at no cost and access to the State’s database of job seeker’s resumes.
  • Services include the Business Service Representative posting job openings at no cost, arranging job fairs, and specialized recruitments.
Additional Resources

To post job openings and search for qualified applicants, visit the CalJOBS website.

To learn more about the available Staffing Solutions, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872 or e-mail