Employer Services

Your source for hiring assistance, training, and retaining a strong workforce

On The Job Training

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  • Train a new individual (selected by you) in a specific occupation, using your own training methods, facilities, and resources while the trainee is involved in production activities on the job

  • Commit to retain the new hire upon successful completion of the training period (up to 480 hours)

  • We'll reimburse you 75% of the wages of the new hire for the contracted training


The OJT program provides employers with the opportunity to train new employees and receive 50-75% reimbursement for their salary during the training period. OJT helps employers fill the gap between a potential employee's skills and what is required to fully perform the job. The potential new hire must meet eligibility under WIOA and must pass a drug screen. Contact us to get started! 

This is the second time I have used this program. We still have that employee working for us and we plan to hire this employee full time. This program has really helped us to find good employees. The people we have worked have been excellent. Both the Spencer and the Parkersburg offices have been great to work with. Thanks to them we have two great employees.
— David A, Carter, managing member, Carter Wilson Apts.
We found the entire experience of working through the WDB to be both rewarding and beneficial. With Miranda’s help, we were able to find a potential candidate and draft a plan to get them started quickly. The WDB stayed in contact and made sure everything was going as planned. I would not hesitate to utilize them again as a partner in the recruitment process.
— John Jackson, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley

Customized Training

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  • Training designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers

  • Employers are reimbursed up to 50% percent of the cost of training for eligible employees

  • Training must relate to the introduction of new technologies, new production or service procedures, upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills, workplace literacy, or other appropriate purposes identified by the Local Workforce Development Board

  • Training is limited to time required for a participant to become proficient in the occupation for which the training is being provided.

  • Employer commits to continue to employ the individual on successful completion of the training


WIOA Customized Training funds can be used to fund training for WIOA eligible individuals who need:

  • Training to retain a job

  • Training to advance in their position within the company or increase their earnings potential

  • To obtain employment in which they can earn a self-sufficient living wage

Prior to start of employment:

  • Individuals who will be trained must be determined WIOA eligible by a Career Specialist in one of the Workforce West Virginia Centers in the region

  • A contract must be signed by the employer outlining the training to be given and the wages to be paid, along with the agreed upon reimbursement amount

Incumbent Worker Training

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Incumbent Worker Training is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (or group of employers) to retain a skilled workforce or avert the need to lay-off employees by assisting workers in obtaining the skills necessary to retain employment. This training is to be conducted with a commitment by the employer to retain or avert laying off incumbent worker(s) that are trained, in order to increase the competitiveness of the employee and/or employer.

Who is the incumbent worker?

An individual who is employed, meets Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for an employer-employee relationship, and has an established employment history with the employer for six months or more.

Employers are determined eligible for training assistance based on the following:

  • The characteristics of the incumbent workers to be trained, specifically the extent to which they historically represent individuals with barriers to employment as defined in WIOA Section 3(24), and how they would benefit from retention or advancement;

  • The quality of the training (e.g., industry-recognized credentials, advancement opportunities);

  • The number of participants the employer plans to train or retrain;

  • The wage and benefit levels of participants (before and after training);

  • The employer must not have laid off workers within 12 months and must have a commitment to retain or avert the layoffs of the incumbent worker(s) being trained;

  • The employer must not be delinquent in unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation taxes, penalties, and/or interest.

  • The WDB will document these factors in approving an incumbent worker training project with an employer.

Employer Share of Training Costs:

Employers participating in incumbent worker training are required to pay the non-WIOA (non-federal) share of the cost of providing training to their incumbent workers. Employers will be reimbursed the WIOA (federal) share:

  • 10% of wages for employers with 50< employees.

  • 25% of wages for employers with more than 50, but no more than 100 employees.

  • 50% of wages for employers with 100 employees or more.

Career connections Paid Work Experience

Career Connections Paid Work Experience (PWE) is a career preparation program in which participants are placed at a work site to do real work for real pay and are held to the same standards as all regular employees. The program is designed to expose participants to careers and jobs, develop pre-employment and work maturity skills, build occupational and technical skills, and is structured to promote learning through paid work.

Employers that participate in the Career Connections PWE, can be public or private sector.  The program will pay the participant’s wages for a fixed period. This provides employers a great chance to screen and train quality applicant; the employer has no obligation to hire the Career Connections participants.

Career Connections participants complete a highly-structured pre-employment program before being eligible to be placed at a work site. Participants are highly motivated and eager to learn on the job.

The Career Connections program also offers employers the additional resource of a Case Manager who works closely with the employer to find the best possible participant for their work site and offers support to both the employer and participant for the length of the placement.

See more information about the Career Connections program

 Additional Employer Services

  • Employment screening

  • Wage and salary data

  • Employment assessment

  • Recruitment

  • Labor market information

  • Professional development

  • Interview space

  • Meeting space

  • Job fairs

For more information on any of these programs, contact Miranda Lough 304-424-7271 ext. 134 or send her an email