Program administrators also monitor participants and support them in adjusting to their new job, according to Terri German, senior business services representative for CareerWorks, a service of the Human Resources Agency of Santa Cruz County.
"It's like learning by doing instead of learning by academic or classroom setting," said German
Yet, said German
, many employers and job seekers in the county don't take advantage of the program and other career center resources, and Workforce Santa Cruz County is sometimes referred to as "the best-kept secret in town."
The candidates are pre-screened by agency career counselors and referred to German
, who helps the candidate conduct a job search and works with employers to develop a training plan.
As part of the contract, employers must retain the employee a minimum of 90 days after completion of training.Workforce Santa Cruz County hopes to see the participant receive at least a 10 percent increase in salary after the training, "but the opportunity for training is really what we're looking for," said German
The program, she
said, is a way for employers to invest in the local work force and benefit themselves at the same time.
"It's a good opportunity for the employer community to access good talent, get a good match and pay half the salary with the support of the Career Center
behind the candidate."She's
completed five contracts with employers in the past year.
...COORDINATOR: Terri German. INFORMATION: 464-6339; firstname.lastname@example.org.