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   Sector Partnership Initiative (SPI)

A new, industry-driven statewide initiative to help businesses in targeted industries address their workforce needs, while also helping workers prepare for and advance in careers in these critical sectors. The initiative is initially focusing on four industries: information technology, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing. The SPI can mainly provide resources to us to launch branding campaigns and share our message about the career pathways available in our industry. NHLRA is the intermediary for the Hospitality and Tourism sector and will use this platform as part of our broader efforts stated above.

The New Hampshire Hospitality Sector Partnership- Asset Map and Recommendations

Contact: Mike Somers at msomers@nhlra.com or Amie Pariseau at apariseau@nhlra.com

  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) On the Job Training Program (OJT)

WOIA is an employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help dislocated workers and other eligible adults access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers. In addition to access to funding, the WIOA has access to those who are currently unemployed, underemployed, and use English as a second language.

The On the Job Training (OJT) Program reimburses employers to offset some of the costs associated with supervising and training New Hampshire Employment Program (NHEP) participants as newly hired full-time employees in their company workforce. The OJT program is especially useful to employers expanding their business and who need workers trained in specific job skills. The employer receives a wage reimbursement up to 50% ($3,500 maximum) during the new employee's contracted OJT training period (maximum 6 months).

As an even greater incentive, participating employers can benefit from a tax credit for up to $10,200 over 2 years through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for each NHEP participant who completes and remains employed the end of their OJT training.

http://www.snhs.org/programs/workforce-development/workforce-investment-act-wia/

Contact: NH Works Regional Job Placement Specialist (14 offices in the state)

   New Hampshire Job Training Fund

The Job Training Fund is designed to help you improve your workforce and grow your business. The fund is available to businesses located in New Hampshire and businesses intending to locate in the State who pay quarterly taxes into the NH Unemployment Trust Fund. Businesses that make voluntary (reimbursable) contributions are not eligible. Local, county, and state political subdivisions are not eligible for the program.

The Job Training Fund matches your employer training expenditures on a 1:1 basis. A minimum 1:1 cash match is required. Ineligible matching funds include salaries, wages bonuses, and benefits of employees in training such as in-kind contributions, administrative or entertainment expenses, and costs resulting from violations of, or failure to comply with federal, state or local laws, and regulations. The minimum grant allowed is $750. The maximum grant that can be requested is $100,000.

You will work with local community colleges or private training vendors to obtain instruction needed for your employees. Structured on-site laboratory or classroom training for basic skills, technical skills, quality improvement, safety, management and supervision, and English as a second language. The NHLRA can assist with making these connections.

www.nhjobtrainingfund.org

Contact: Michael Power at Michael.Power@dred.nh.gov or Karen Smith at Karen.smith@dred.nh.gov

   Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is an arrangement that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, wherein an individual obtains workplace-relevant knowledge and skills.

Registered apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors: (1) participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training; (2) programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies); (3) programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction; (4) on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel; and (5) training results in an industry-recognized credential.

There is WIOA funding available to support Apprenticeships.

https://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/index.htm

Contact: Lauren Smith, State Director at Smith.Lauren.M@dol.gov

   Federal Bonding Program

The Federal Bonding Program assists both the employer and the job seeker when the qualified job seeker's past creates a barrier to obtaining commercial bonding to gain full-time employment. Any at-risk job applicant is eligible for bonding services, including ex-offenders, recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs), welfare recipients, and other persons having poor financial credit, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history, individuals dishonorably discharged from the military, and others.

The program covers any type of stealing- theft, forgery, larceny, and embezzlement. It doesn't cover "liability" due to poor workmanship, job injuries, work accidents, etc.

The job must offer full time work, adequate working conditions and wages, reasonable expectation of permanence, and excludes both self-employment and employment as a franchise representative.

https://www.nhes.nh.gov/services/employers/federal-bonding.htm

Contact: Keith Badger, NHES Federal Bonding Coordinator at keith.f.badger@nhes.nh.gov

NHLRA Strategic Partners

 

New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association

Promote, Protect, Educate.

16 Centre Street, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-228-9585          Fax: 603-226-1829         E-mail: info@nhlra.com

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