J&R Fleet Services is a family-owned truck repair center based in Bloomington, CA. The business had experienced steady growth since opening in 1998, but the economic slowdown made it difficult to hire skilled employees.
“We begin working on our clients’ repairs within 30 minutes of arrival and no appointment is required,” explained Javier Rodriguez, one of the three brothers who owns and manages the business. As a result, they needed to maintain trained staff to deliver on their promise of quick service and turnaround on repairs.
Rodriguez learned about the On-The-Job Training program funded by Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dollars administered locally by the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County. These federal dollars reimburse employers in the program for the wages paid out during a pre-determined training period. In this case, six residents who were receiving government assistance were recruited into the program and began working with J & R Fleet Services.
Outcomes & Benefits
After the training period ended, Rodriguez hired all six individuals full-time. For a small business, this program allowed J&R Fleet Services to increase its workforce by ten percent and many of the new employees have been promoted within the company.
“The benefits from participating in this program are numerous,” he said. “We now have six dedicated new members in the J&R Fleet Services family, and we know that our company has helped to improve their lives.”