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Workforce Sourcing Solutions to Attract and Retain Candidates

On December 01, 2020, the second workshop in the Mobility, Economic Resilience, and Substance Use Disorder series focused on Southeastern Kentucky occurred. These slides from the Kentucky Career Center pertain to workforce solutions.

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Workforce Sourcing Solutions to Attract and Retain Candidates

  1. 1. Workforce Sourcing Solutions to Attract & Retain Candidates Office of Employer & Apprenticeship Services
  2. 2. KENTUCKY’S WORKFORCE STRATEGY Respond to the immediate workforce needs of employers Realign the education system to meet the needs of business Engage businesses to define their current/future needs Empower communities to design their own solutions Increase the workforce pipeline to accommodate growth
  3. 3. Recruitment, Screening, Customized Testing Hiring Events & Outreach Focus Talent Online Job Portal Applicant Pre-Assessments & Credentialing Labor Market Information Strategic Recruitment • Military Veterans • Rapid Response/Displaced Workers • “Diversity Hiring” (second chance, recovery, disabilities, immigrants) Talent Acquisition
  4. 4. Customized Training • KCTCS offers flexible, employer-driven skills-upgrade training Work-Based Training • In-House, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Incumbent Worker Training, etc. Registered Apprenticeship Growing & Developing Talent
  5. 5. WOTC is a federal tax credit ($1,200 - $9,600) available to employers for hiring and retaining recipients from the following specified target groups: • Veterans • Long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients • Short-term TANF recipients • SNAP (food stamp) recipients • Designated community residents • Vocational rehabilitation referrals • Summer youth employee • Ex-felons • Long-term unemployed individuals • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients Hiring Incentives: Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Fill out 2 short forms: • IRS Form 8850 & ETA Form 9061 • Submit the completed and signed forms online to the Kentucky WOTC System - • Forms must be submitted within 28 calendar days of the employee’s start date For more information, please visit:
  6. 6. What is the Federal Bonding Program? • Provides fidelity bonds to help hard-to- place job seekers get and keep a job • Protects against fraud and/or dishonesty such as: stealing, theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement • Extremely successful, began in 1966 and less than 1% of the bonds filed upon Hiring Incentives: Federal Bonding Bond Mechanics • Issued as soon as applicant starts • Each bond has a $5,000 limit • May issue up to 5 bonds or $25,000 limit per individual depending on the position • Each bond covers a 6 month term and may be renewed for additional 6 months at no cost For more information, visit
  7. 7. Who is eligible? • Ex-offenders • Individuals in recovery from substance use disorders • Public assistance recipients • Individuals with poor credit records • Individuals dishonorably discharged from the military • Economically disadvantaged persons who lack a stable work history; and • Anyone already employed who needs bonding to prevent termination or secure a transfer or promotion Hiring Incentives: Federal Bonding What is Not Covered? • Liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries, work accidents, etc. • Bail/court bonds • Self-employment bonding For more information, visit Who is Not Covered? • Individuals who have defaulted on a previous fidelity bond
  8. 8. What’s in it for a business • Peace of mind that the business can safely provide individuals job opportunities with limited risk; • Assurance that individuals who have difficulty securing a job are getting their lives back on track with stable employment; • Protection of business assets; • Improved employment outcomes; and • Assistance in meeting hiring requirements. Hiring Incentives: Federal Bonding For more information, visit
  9. 9. Email an inquiry to Workforce questions?