Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development

Workforce Resources

In today’s marketplace, having the right people on your team is critical. Learn more about the many available programs for you and your organization:

 

CobbWorks

The Cobb Chamber partners with CobbWorks, a not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening our community’s workforce by providing access to a system of employment and education services, to give members access to an extensive job board. Members can search for future employees and post positions. Job seekers can find local employment opportunities and post their resumes.

 

iNav

Students looking for internships or employers looking for qualified interns are encouraged to visit iNav. iNav is a regional effort, supported by multiple partner organizations including the Cobb Chamber, and 32 colleges and universities in the metro Atlanta area, providing employers a free and easy way to access multiple schools at once. iNav's goal is to increase internship opportunities available for students and help employers locate qualified talent in the region.

 

Georgia Quick Start

Cobb-area businesses have the nation’s best workforce training program at their disposal: Georgia Quick Start. This free service (provided at no charge by the Technical College System of Georgia) has earned the nation’s top ranking and is credited as a key factor in the success of the Kia plant in West Point, Ga. Nearly 1 million workers at 6,200 companies of all sizes have benefited from Quick Start. Georgia Quick Start delivers training in classrooms, mobile labs or directly on the plant floor—essentially in any location that suits the company. The program is designed to address the needs of any sector, but has extensive experience delivering workforce training in biotech and health care, warehousing and distribution, automotive, advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness and service.

 

On-the-Job Training Program

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program helps employers attract and retain employees who don’t possess the skills needed to perform in a specific position. OJT reimburses 50 percent of the employee’s salary during the designated training period.

Description
The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training and loss of production for newly hired employees. OJT can assist employers who are looking to expand their business and need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may a receive reimbursement of 50% of the wage rate of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs.

Funding
The program is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) under the leadership of WorkSource Cobb (formerly CobbWorks). The maximum funding per participant is $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria
Employers

  • Operating in the State of Georgia for at least six months
  • Contributing and in full compliance with local, state, and federal tax obligations;
  • Hiring for full-time positions with a minimum wage of $11.99 per hour.

Trainees

  • Unemployed, underemployed, or dislocated from current employer as defined by WIOA and determined to be eligible for WIOA training funds.

The Process

  • Employer submits job description for open positions.
  • Employer and WorkSource Cobb staff draft an OJT Training Plan.
  • Employer selects potential new hire and submits resume to ARC to determine need for and ability to benefit from OJT
  • WorkSource Cobb finds potential new hire based on job description.
  • Potential new hire contacts WorkSource Cobb to determine eligibility for OJT funding.
  • When eligibility is determined, employer and WorkSource Cobb select job skills assessment for OJT trainee to complete.
  • Employer interview trainee to ensure a good fit for the position.
  • Employer and WorkSource Cobb staff finalize OJT Training Plan for OJT Trainee.
  • Employer sign and submit OJT Agreement.
  • Once Agreement is completed, training may begin.

 

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training may be offered to employers who, after an assessment, are determined to need training for existing employees in order to remain competitive or avert a potential layoff. Classroom or work-based learning may be provided through an educational provider of the employer’s choice.

Description
The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program is designed to improve the skills of employees and the competitiveness of an employer. It is intended to retain skilled employees or avert a potential layoff. IWT may be offered to employers who, after assessment, are found to be in need of training for existing employees in order to remain competitive. Classroom or work-based learning may be provided through an educational provider of the employer’s choice.

Funding
The program is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) under the leadership of WorkSource Cobb.

Eligibility Criteria
Employers

  • Operating in the State of Georgia for at least six months;
  • Contributing and in full compliance with local, state, and federal tax obligations;
  • Requesting training to either improve the skills of the existing workforce or to mitigate the impact of a layoff.

Trainees

  • Full-time incumbent workers;
  • Employed by the company for at least six months;
  • Paid a wage rate or will receive a wage rate of $11.99 per hour or higher at the end of training.

Reimbursements
Employers deemed eligible must provide a portion of the training costs. This contribution may be in the form of wages of a participant while attending a training program or a direct percentage of the costs of training. The portion that an employer must contribute is dependent upon the size of the employer as follows:

  • For employers with up to 50 employees: 10% of training costs
  • For employers with 51-100 employees: 25% of training costs
  • For employers with greater than 100 employees: 50% of training costs

The Process

  • An employer decides what training is needed and selects a training provider. The employer and the training provider jointly develop a customized training plan to meet the needs of the company and complete the Incumbent Worker Training Application.
  • Applications are reviewed by WorkSource Cobb staff to assure that all IWT requirements are met.
  • Applications are submitted to the Business Services Manager of WorkSource Cobb, for review and approval on a monthly basis, based on the amount of funds available for obligation.
  • Upon approval, the company will be notified that it has received a grant award effective as of a specific “Award Date.”
  • WorkSource Cobb will send a contract to the company to be signed by an authorized representative.
  • When WorkSource Cobb receives the signed contract, the President of WorkSource Cobb will sign in order to fully execute the contract. Once there is a fully executed contract, the company may begin training and request monthly expense reimbursements.