Seminar helps employers hire and train laid-off workers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio's Director of Job and Family Services was at City Hall on Monday to talk about a program that could jump-start the economy.

Michael Colbert was the keynote speaker at the meeting presented by the City Council Job Growth Committee. The committee wants to educate business owners about a program that pays for employers to hire and train their workforce, particularly those who have been laid off.

"This On-the-Job Training Program may be just what local businesses need to help them get through some rough financial times," said Councilman Charlie Winburn. "Job growth is the key to turning around our local economy and this stimulus program can help."

Employers and qualified employees have had a hard time connecting and this program aims to help make those links.

"There was a disconnect because the employer community was continually telling us that we need employees. We like Ohio, we like the landscape in Ohio, but we need employees," said Colbert.

Executive Director of Metropolitan Sewer District, Tony Parrott, was also at the meeting and says they are using the program to help their contractors hire local construction workers.

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