Workforce Resources

Comprehensive Workforce Support & Training Programs

in West Virginia

Workforce Programs offer support like the Federal Bonding Program for hiring at-risk job seekers and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for businesses hiring from certain groups. Training Programs in West Virginia include the Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program and Learn & Earn, which help cover training costs and subsidize wages. Region 2 Workforce Programs provide funding for job training and support for various workers. Hiring Resources include free job postings, the #YesWV Jobcase platform, and the Jobs & Hope program for individuals facing employment barriers. Marshall CORE helps individuals in recovery, and the Putnam Career & Technical Center connects students with employers. The Hometown Advantage initiative promotes local job opportunities.

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Workforce Programs

Federal Bonding Program

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) provides Fidelity Bonds to the employer that guarantee honesty for at-risk hard-to-place, and criminal justice-involved job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. The bonds are free of charge for the employer and are designed to reimburse the employee for any theft up to $10,000 for the employee’s first six months of employment.

Applying for the bond is easy and accessible. Please open the Federal Bond Request Form, download the document, fill in the requested information, and hit the submit button at the bottom. If you have any questions about the Federal Bonding program, please contact PCDA and we will get you in touch with Workforce West Virginia. This program is 100% federally funded.

Tax Credits

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit program that offers significant incentives for employers who hire and retain individuals from specific target groups that have previously experienced difficulty in securing employment. A taxable business may apply the credit against its business income tax liability as much as $2,400 per new hire. Employers can hire as many employees as they would like. To apply for the credit, employers must complete the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 8850: Prescreening Notice and Certification Request and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) 9061: Individual Characteristics Form.

Workforce Training Programs

Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program

When companies encounter challenges in paying for workforce training, the State of West Virginia offers the Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Training Program. This program can reimburse up to 50 percent of training costs or up to $2,000 per course per trainee. Examples of covered training includes Equipment operation, Information Technology, internal, management/leadership, quality, safety, technical skills, and train-the-trainer. Our team is happy to put you in touch with the workforce development team at the West Virginia Department of Economic Development.

West Virginia Community & Technical College System

Learn and Earn

The West Virginia Community & Technical College System offers Learn & Earn, an opportunity for you to hire Associate degree students, in their field of study, and be reimbursed for half their wage. Learn & Earn can be utilized at any West Virginia Community and Technical College. We would be happy to connect you with a local Community and Technical College. Learn more here.

Customized Training Dollars

West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System partners with industry state-wide to deliver customized training solutions. More information can be found here.

Rapid Response Advance Grant

Suppose your business needs urgent training for staff. In that case, local community and technical colleges have funding to provide customized training for pre-employment programs, pre-preparation programs, skill upgrades, new and expanding companies’ urgent needs, and/or job retention. Learn more here.

Region 2 Workforce Programs

On The Job Training

Region 2 On the Job Training dollars are available for displaced workers in any field with limited or no work experience if they meet certain program requirements. Employers can be reimbursed for one position up to $5,000 or for six months, whichever expires first. Worker requirements are for employees who have exhausted unemployment in the past, collected unemployment in the past, have below a certain family income, have a disability, or have ever previously been laid off. Contact Chad Judge for more information.

Incumbent Worker

Region 2 Incumbent Worker training dollars are available for employees who have worked at least six months at your business. These training dollars are for 40% of the training cost (not including travel fees) and it is stackable with Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce dollars. The maximum amount for training dollars is $5,000.

Transitional Job

Region 2 Transitional Job dollars are available for employees who face barriers such as chronic unemployment, inconsistent work history or receive a form of public assistance from a government source. Employers can be reimbursed for 75% of the employee’s hourly wage for 4 weeks, or 60 hours. Employers can be reimbursed for employees who work up to 31-40 hours per week.

Youth Worker

Region 2 Youth Worker dollars are available for employees ages 16-24 who face barriers to entering employment and are low income. Individuals in this program are given opportunities to upskill themselves to enter careers. Employers who hire individuals in this program can be reimbursed for a maximum of $5,000 or the first 500 hours. Employers can be reimbursed for employees who work up to 31-40 hours per week.

Workforce Hiring Resources

PCDA Will Post Your Job – For Free!

We’d be happy to post your job postings for free on PCDA’s social media. Contact us to schedule your post.

#YesWV Jobcase Postings

Whether for free or paid, the West Virginia Department of Economic Development has a Jobcase platform where they’d love to distribute your job posting. The Department of Economic Development has a marketing strategy to market jobs in West Virginia. Also, when posting your job, ensure to use the #YesWV hashtag for free additional promotion. Learn more here.

Jobs & Hope

Jobs & Hope West Virginia is a program for any individual facing barriers that make it difficult to work. Jobs and Hope offers support through a statewide collaboration of agencies that provide West Virginians facing barriers the opportunity to obtain career training and secure meaningful employment. A collaboration of Program Partners: Jobs & Hope WV, WorkForce WV, and West Virginia Military Authority, offering subsidized job placement(s) for WV employers who hire Jobs & Hope participants. Benefits include salary reimbursement for wages up to 1,040 hours up to $25,000 per employee, free drug screening, and additional support services through the Jobs & Hope Transition Agents. Jobs & Hope can ever offer employee assistance in getting employee’s transportation to and from work.

Marshall CORE

Marshall Health provides the resources and support necessary to help individuals in recovery or facing barriers re-enter the workforce through our Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment (CORE) initiative. CORE’s goal is to create a ready workforce within its 12-county region of southwestern West Virginia. CORE helps individuals focus on a career path, rather than a job. CORE employment specialists provide several services to program participants to ensure they are career or education-ready.

Putnam Career & Technical Center

If your business is looking to cultivate talent from a young age, the Putnam Career & Technical Center is a large asset in our community! The school connects students with employers and is willing to be creative with opportunities. Contact us to learn more.

Learn & Earn

The West Virginia Community & Technical College System offers Learn & Earn, an opportunity for you to hire Associate degree students, in their field of study, and be reimbursed for half their wage. Learn & Earn can be utilized at any West Virginia Community and Technical College. We would be happy to connect you with a local Community and Technical College. Learn more here.

Hometown Advantage

Putnam County Development Authority and Putnam Career and Technical College are on a mission to tell our regional residents about career opportunities in their backyard. Our mission is so every resident doesn’t have to leave our area to find a great career. Learn more about this resource, and how you can be involved, here.