HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is seeking employers who are hiring and training new employees who were laid-off from their previous employers. Employers are encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity to receive 50-90% reimbursement of the wages paid to these new workers.

Hawai‘i obtained $601,873 through a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the period June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2012. Interested employers should contact the One-Stop Center in each county.

“On-the-Job Training programs are proven public-private strategies designed to encourage job growth through small businesses while also giving an opportunity for unemployed workers to gain new skills,” stated Workforce Development Division (WDD) Administrator Elaine Young. “We urge employers to contact their local One-Stop Centers to see if this program might be a good fit for them.”

The grant will provide training for up to 70 individuals for a period of up to 6 months. The goal of the program is to provide an incentive to employers to hire individuals who need hands on experience and who are likely to remain with the employer.

For more information, contact your local One-Stop:

O‘ahu Work Link Offices:
Dillingham Plaza
1505 Dillingham Blvd., #110
Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph.: (808) 768-5710
Fax: (808) 843-0256

Wai‘anae Neighborhood Community Center
85-670 Farrington Hwy.
Wai‘anae, HI 96792
Ph.: (808) 768-5808
Fax: (808) 696-7060

Neighbor Island Workforce Development Offices Hilo
1990 Kino‘ole Street, #102
Hilo, HI  96720
Ph.: (808) 981-2860
Fax: (808) 981-2880

74-5565 Luhia St., Bldg. C, Bay 4
Kailua-Kona, HI  96740
Ph.: (808) 327-4770
Fax: (808) 327-4774

2064 Wells Street, #108
Wailuku, HI  96793
Ph.:  (808) 984-2091
Fax: (808) 984-2090

55 Makaena Place, # 4
Kaunakakai, HI  96748
Ph.: (808) 553-1755
Fax: (808) 553-1754