Wage Assistance for Small Business

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With the NEXT Apprenticeship Program, we are able to offset the talent crunch by providing a continuous source of trained student talent, while providing up to $4,800 in matching funds per student hire for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. 

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Traditional skills-first recruiting can be summarized as:

  • Post a job.
  • Wait.
  • Hire a recruiter.
  • Wait.
  • Return to step one.

It creates escalating costs in the form of time and money, the two resources tech companies - especially small businesses - can't afford to waste. A larger corporation may be able to absorb the cost of a bad hire; a small business can’t.

With the NEXT Apprenticeship Program, we are able to offset the talent crunch by providing a continuous source of trained student talent, while providing up to $4,800 per student hire for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This allows for cost savings across the board. All that is needed for a small business to take advantage of this funding is to:

  • Go through a brief online training on how to work with students (beginning November 1, 2019)
  • Hire a student as a W2 employee
  • Provide feedback on the student's performance
  • Provide a safe work environment
  • Match all funds provided for student wages
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Michael Parsons

Employer Relations, NEXT Apprenticeship Coordinator

(513) 556-6110