Labor Department offers on-the-job training programs

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJanuary 23, 2014 

The Idaho Department of Labor is offering incentives for businesses hiring unemployed workers and provide them with on-the-job training.

Labor will pay half of the new employee's wages for up to six months of training, depending on the occupation and the trainee's skill level, the department announced in a release.

To qualify, businesses must hire unemployed workers to positions paying at least $10 an hour.

The program is ongoing. Participating businesses are expected to to hire employees who complete the training. Over the past three years, more than 80 percent of the 300 workers in the program went on to become permanent employees.

Employers interested in the on-the-job training program can contact any of the department's 25 offices to learn if they are eligible to participate.

More information is available at

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