In 2009, Jon Novack and Paula Zeidman, co-owners of Patton Sales Corporation in Ontario, CA, were considering opening a new division that would require employing eight more people. The expansion would also require a large capital investment in equipment and they were hesitant to move forward.
The San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board's On-the-Job Training (OJT) program compensates businesses who provide OJT to dislocated workers. Implemented by the County's Workforce Development Department, this program reimburses participating employers 50 to 90 percent of the wages paid for an agreed-upon period during the time an employee is training for a new job.
Jon Novack was convinced that this program would support his business's goals and provide them a way to employ dislocated workers. He engaged with the San Bernardino County WIB to qualify for OJT funding and move forward with his plans.
Outcomes & Benefits
Four months after opening the new division and working with eight OJT participants, Novack reported profitability. After the trainees completed their skills training, they were all hired on a full-time basis.
"They all exceeded our expectations," Novack recalls. "This is a great example of government and private industry working together to put people to work, expand businesses and support our local economy. This is the way things should work."