Finding talent can be difficult. Across all industries and types of unfilled positions, identifying individuals with the right skill set and cultural fit and then scheduling your own time to interview, hire and onboard them is a common challenge for many employers. GWB and the RI workforce system can help with a range of tools and expert assistance.
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Learn more about the DLT Business Workforce Center
The DLT Business Workforce Center helps businesses with their recruitment and retention strategies by:
- Advertising recruitments and openings
- Pre-screening candidate skills
- Providing access to private interview rooms
- Testing applicants online
- Conducting Job Fairs in state offices or at the employers work site
- Assisting with Slow-Downs and Layoffs through Rapid Response Services and DLT WorkShare program
Learn more about Skills RI
Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (Skills RI) works directly with employers and training providers to identify unmet workforce needs and recruit trained candidates to fulfill them. Skills RI specializes in connecting job seekers from unemployed and traditionally underserved or underrepresented populations to employment opportunities.
Click here to view the Work Immersion Program Guidelines
To apply for the Work Immersion Program, click here
The Work Immersion program offers up to 50% wage reimbursements to any RI business that provides a temporary paid work experience to Rhode Island college students, Rhode Island Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students, and unemployed adults.
For students, the intent of the Work Immersion program is to gain valuable work experience. For unemployed adults, the intent is to obtain employment. Interested employers should follow these steps to take advantage of the Work Immersion program:
State Supplier Requirement: In order to receive reimbursement for wages paid through the Work Immersion (WI) program, the State of Rhode Island requires that the employer be registered as a supplier with the State Division of Purchasing. The WI program is unable to issue payments if an employer is not registered. If you are not yet registered as an approved RI state supplier, please visit the Rhode Island Financial Accounting Network System (RIFANS) website to download and complete the Supplier Packet. This should be your first step prior to applying for the Work Immersion Program.
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS: If your organization has participated in the Incumbent Worker Training Grant program, Work Immersion program, Real Jobs RI program, or has otherwise received payment from the State within the last five years, it is likely that your organization is already registered with the Division of Purchasing.
Work Immersion – Program Links
- The Work Immersion experience may not begin until the employer receives a signed Award Letter from the Governor’s Workforce Board.
- Upon completion of the Work Immersion experience, an employer must submit the following:
- Completed Request for Reimbursement form
- Backup documentation for wages paid: paystubs; or timecards and processed checks.
- A summary of the Work Immersion program changes is available here
NOTE: Employers should be aware of the potential impact of paid work experiences on Unemployment Insurance. For more information, click here.
Learn more about Real Jobs RI Industry Partners
Real Jobs RI partners work with the state workforce development system and other entities to meet employers’ present and future talent needs. Solutions include connecting employers with the sometimes hard-to-find talent that is already available to their industry.
Real Pathways RI is statewide workforce development initiative that partners with community organizations and other entities throughout Rhode Island to train and support hundreds of job seekers in learning the skills and abilities that employers need. Meet your skill needs while diversifying your workforce and opening doors to opportunity to veterans, English language learners, and many others!
Learn more about Real Pathways RI Community Partners
vii. Connect with Business Workforce Center
- Utilize EmployRI – the state’s free job board
- Host recruitment drives and job fairs
- Free postings in regional newspapers and television
viii. Connect with Skills for RI Future
ix. Apply for Work Immersion – Subsidized Work Experiences for Unemployed Adults