Money available to train employees

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Colorado businesses looking to grow their workforce can now receive a wage subsidy to offset the costs of hiring and training new employees.

Maximizing Area Talent for Competitive Hires, or MATCH for short, is an on-the-job training program funded by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that will reimburses businesses for up to 90 percent of a new employee’s wages, up to $6,000 per hire.

Reimbursements are intended to assist with costs of training new hires, and the percentage is determined by the company size, according to Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, the program administrator.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Colorado companies to conserve resources when hiring new employees, and also save valuable time in recruiting new employees,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen. “Arapahoe/Douglas Works! will pre-screen suitable candidates from our pool of talent that matches your business hiring needs, and then offer a wage subsidy while you get your new employee up to speed with on-the-job training.”

Current full-time and part-time on-the-job training opportunities include: administrative assistants, general laborers, cash tellers, security officers, production assistants, human resource assistants and others.

To qualify, a business must have been operating in Colorado for at least 120 days, pay into workers' compensation and unemployment insurance programs, and must not have had a layoff within the past six months.

Businesses must sign an agreement with Arapahoe/Douglas Works! before hiring an individual and agree to hire the trainee as an employee of their company.

MATCH program

For more information on eligibility, contact:

Cassandra Snow

Phone: 303-636-1461

Email: csnow@arapahoegov.com.

To learn more about the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! center’s free services for job-seekers and business, visit www.adworks.org or call 303-636-1160.