Column: On-the-Job Training Program a tool to connect employers, workers
By Susan Small
for Crossroads Business Journal
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – It’s the age-old adage: Unemployed are looking for a job, underemployed are searching for a better job, and companies are on a quest for qualified employees.
As the Washington County (Md.) Business Development staff is out in the community, workforce efforts are often a hot topic. Whether we find ourselves in the position as the employee or employer, we may often become stuck at a crossroads asking questions such as, “Which candidate is the best hire?” “Where can I find a job?” “Where can I find training to work at a different job?”
For 362 individuals and 18 businesses in Washington County, the Western Maryland Consortium On-the-Job Training Program has offered an answer to these lingering questions. This grant-funded federal program offers under-employed training and unemployed assistance by involving individuals in a training program within a local business.
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To contact the OJT coordinator in your area:
* In Washington County, call Angie Detrick at 301-791-3164 ext 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org;
* In Allegany County, call Kevin Spradlin at 301-777-1221 ext. 330 or email email@example.com;
* In Garrett County, call Mary Keller at 301-334-8136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.