Resources for Businesses/Employers
The State of Arizona provides workforce support to businesses/employers through a number of agencies. Assistance is primarily offered by the following 3 agencies: the Arizona Department of Commerce, the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Economic Security; but there are a total 7 partners in Arizona's workforce development system that can be called upon for help. Below is a brief overview of the services and programs offered to businesses/employers.
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Assistance postings jobs? Contact the One-Stop Centers for help. There are a number of centers across Arizona: click here to find the one closest to you. You may also want to consider using the state's free website: www.AZJobConnection.gov.
Rapid Employment Initiative: The Arizona DES Employment Administration put together a presentation explaining the Rapid Reemployment Initiative (RRI) or you can access Arizona's RRI portal directly by going to http://www.jobcentral.com/rapid-reemployment-initiative.asp?en=az.
- Recruitment assistance? Contact the One-Stop Centers for help. There are a number of centers across Arizona: click here to find the one closest to you. May we suggest a Job Fair. Periodically the One-Stop Centers host job fairs to help spread the word. Another resource when recruiting employees is the Employment Service division at the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
- Training Programs? Surely you have heard of the Job Training Grant Program, but what about the Apprenticeship Program? Both of these programs are administered by the Arizona Department of Commerce and provide unique opportunities for training employees. For companies in the IT industry, consider the AzIT program. For Arizona's southern region, a new initiative was developed; it's called Innovation Frontier Arizona. There are also a number of certified training professionals that you may want to contact. The list is on the Arizona Department of Education's website: www.AZJobConnection.gov.
- Layoff aversion assistance? As part of the required rapid reponse plan Local Workforce Investment Areas provide services that can help you and your employees through this difficult time. Contact one of the One-Stop Centers to assist you with this response. There are a number of centers across Arizona: click here to find the one closest to you.
- Tax Credit Programs? The Arizona Enterprise Zone Program and the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit program are available to qualified companies.
- One-on-one Consulting Services? The Arizona Department of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Economic Security both offer free consulting services.
- Unique employment opportunities? When hiring, there are several groups that are currently underutilized, consider the following employment opportunities:
- Employment Laws? Local employment laws can be found at the Industrial Commission of Arizona. There are also federal employment laws that businesses need to be aware of. These federal laws can be accessed at the United States Department of Labor.
- Unemployment Insurance? The Arizona Department of Economic Security handles unemployment insurance issues.
- Research Information? The Arizona Department of Commerce provides a variety of statistic, reports and other valuable research information on the Workforce Informer website.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Stimulus Opportunities? Did you know that the ARRA also known as the Stimulus Package of 2009 offers special workforce opportunities for businesses? Visit www.doleta.gov/USWORKFORCE/ for more information. The United States Department of Labor also provides an outline of the ARRA funds.
- Employee Skills Assessment Tools? There are a few tools on the market that provide employee skills assessments. One of the tools available is Workkeys.