Custom Tool & Model Corporation is expanding its workforce and taking advantage of the state Department of Labor on the job training program created by the federal government to help businesses hire long-term unemployed workers.
Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera announced in March New York has nearly $4 million available in federal funding to help businesses grow. These grants are proven job creators with past grants responsible for 445 businesses hiring 884 workers since 2011.
“This program is a great resource for New York businesses to expand their workforce and hire qualified individuals,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a news release. “I encourage any company looking to hire skilled and ready-to-work New Yorkers to take advantage of these federal grants now.”
Through the program, Frankfort-based CTM takes applications and works with Working Solutions to find those who qualify for the grant funded program.
“In order to be considered an individual must be a dislocated worker with a gap of up to 20 weeks of unemployment since 2008,” said Mike Werenczak, EMP specialist at Working Solutions of Herkimer County. “If the person qualifies and has the background to proficiently work in a manufacturing environment they can be accepted.”
Once an employee is hired they start a six-month contract on a training wage and begin training full-time at CTM. “When the hiree completes six months of training their productivity is evaluated and if they meet the standard, they then become full-time payroll employee at CTM,” Werenczack said.
After the employee becomes a full-time payroll employee CTM is reimbursed for training. “Since CTM is a company with less then 50 employees, the company is eligible for a 90 percent reimbursement of the employee’s starting wage at the end of the contract period,” said Werenczack. “The state has been experiencing finding cuts for several years and this is a successful program created through the federal government and awarded to the state that has given additional funding that normally wouldn’t have been available.”
CTM President Steven Naegele said, “It’s difficult to find employees who are qualified in manufacturing production, however, the on the job training program has really helped CTM to grow by allowing us to train future employees with the right skill set needed for production at CTM.”
CTM Sales Engineer John Piseck said the on the job training program helps to offset company costs in the long run and helps to maintain a job for people.
“We’re excited the state is finally giving back to small manufactures that need assistance. With the help of this program, our training costs are offset and several people who might have not had a lot of experience have learned the proper technical skills needed for future experience,” he said.
Piseck said through the on the job training program two employees were just added to the CTM team. “On site training has really helped us to grow by allowing us to try employees we might not have been able to use before and it’s a great program that CTM and its employees benefit from,” he said.
Page 2 of 2 - Currently CTM is in the process of hiring new employees for the on the job training program. If interested call 894-4377 or visit CTM at 151 Industrial Dr. in Frankfort.