Job training program offers
50-90 percent help with wages

With unemployment in the Rome-Utica area at 8.7 percent in June, businesses are reminded they can get up to 90 percent of the wages paid for each new worker hired with the state’s On-The-Job Training Program.

The program is meant to encourage businesses to hire unemployed workers by covering between 50 and 90 percent of the cost of wages during the workers’ training period.

"On-the-Job training has always been one of the most successful forms of training because new workers come into the job to learn from experienced professionals," said Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Alice J. Savino. "Employers are able to ensure that their workforce knows the skill areas they feel are the most important, and that new workers are improving their skills,"

Savino’s group covers Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties. The WIB last year received $551,600 for 50 firms that hired 104 long-term unemployed individuals.

The wage subsidy project covers Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties. In Oneida County, employers can call Michael Fay, 339-0046, ext. 226, for more information.