JVS Helps Businesses Access State Training Dollars

With the help of JVS’ Business Development, several California businesses will have access to more than $1.25 million in training funds in 2014.

Republic Services (formerly Consolidated Disposal Services) was one of three contracts recently closed by JVS Business Development. In addition to the $584,600 contract for Republic Services, JVS closed contracts for Alpine Corporation ($40,248) and a California retailer ($488,400).

The three businesses were among 33 companies in California selected to receive job training funds from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). The state agency awarded more than $8.4 million in job training funds for the month of December, 2013.

The companies will use the ETP training funds to train incumbent workers and new hires in computer, commercial, business and literacy skills as well as hazardous materials compliance.  JVS will administer the ETP contract.

“JVS Los Angeles is a non-profit agency with over 80 years of experience in workforce development that assists underserved populations overcome barriers to employment,” said Chief Operating Officer Claudia Finkel. “Our Business Development Division helps companies of all sizes secure state ETP training funds. As JVS is a non-profit, all fees generated support the charitable mission of the organization.”

Under the leadership of Judith Kriegsman, Executive in Charge of Business Development, JVS Business Development helps a company identify its specific training needs and work through the process of obtaining ETP funds to help meet its training objectives.

“Judith Kriegsman’s expertise on California’s ETP program has been very valuable to us,” said Don Harvard, a Controller with Alpine Corporation. “I couldn’t imagine going through the process without her help.”

ETP is a business and labor supported state agency that assists employers in strengthening their competitive edge in the economy by providing funds to partially off-set the costs of necessary job skills training. California’s ETP is a performance-based program, providing funds for trainees who successfully complete training and are retained in good-paying jobs at or above a required wage base, for at least 90 days.

The program, funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers, helps businesses threatened by out-of-state and international competition. The Panel also serves employers under its Special Employment Training Program, funding projects designed to improve skills and employment security of frontline workers in projects that do not meet standard employer/trainee eligibility requirements. Since its inception in 1983, the ETP program has provided approximately $1.25 billion to train over 800,000 workers for more than 78,000 California companies.

JVS Business Development helps companies negotiate the often time-consuming and complicated ETP application process, from initial consultation all the way through completion of the grant application as well as attending the panel hearing in Sacramento.  JVS then administers the ETP contract, insuring that the company reaches its training objectives as well as assisting in other areas such as work force placement.

JVS Business Development also recently secured ETP funding for Hollywood Bed ($90,558) and Douglas Steel ($98,670).

“Our goal is to determine our clients’ specific needs and secure the highest possible grant to help them achieve their objectives,” said Kriegsman. “ETP job training funds are a valuable resource for companies looking to gain a competitive edge, and JVS Business Development staff has the expertise to ensure our clients obtain these funds.”

For more information about JVS Business Development, go towww.jvsla.org or call 323-904-4900, ext. 1039. To learn more about ETP, please visit www.etp.ca.gov, or call 916-327-5368.