Programs to Help Employers Recruit, Screen, & Train, Their Workforce
    Take Advantage of the Chamber’s Dedicated Workforce Solution Counselor

    WorkSource’s Business Services Consortium provides a comprehensive suite of employment related services to help Chamber members get their jobs posted, screen candidates, train new employees, retrain existing employees, and programs to help avoid downsizing when times are tough.  All of these services are funded by Federal programs and grants, and are consequently free to business owners.

    Recruitment and Screening Services
    Anyone who has gone through the process of hiring new employees knows how challenging and sometimes costly that process can be.  Crafting job postings that attract the right candidates is an art; too narrow a posting won’t get you enough candidates and too broad a posting results in a stack of resumes and candidates who are unsuitable for your position.  WorkSource’s Business Services Team members have years of experience helping businesses with their hiring needs, and know how to craft a finely tuned job posting to get you the right candidates for your position. WorkSource can also help you with your candidate screening needs.  There is nothing worse than hiring someone you think is going to be a great new employee, only to find that they aren’t the right fit for the job or for your company.  WorkSource has the experience to help you through the interviewing process, and to help you screen candidates with the use of a number of software tools designed to help you assess your candidates’ fit for your job and your firm.

    On the Job Training (OJT) Program
    In times of really tight labor markets, it is a challenge to find candidates who not only have the right attitudes and aptitudes for employment at your firm, but candidates who also possess a good mix of education and experience.  As industries and businesses have become increasingly specialized, finding candidates with the specialized training you need has become more critical to your business success.  Thousands of jobs are open to applicants, but often go unfilled for the lack of candidates with proper training for those jobs. WorkSource’s On the Job Training (OJT) program is a grant program that will help employers by underwriting a portion of the training costs associated with hiring new employees with the right attitudes and aptitudes, but who need additional training and education to be able to successfully handle the jobs of today.  If you have a situation where you have a potential new-hire with the right mix of attitude and aptitude, but needs training to bring them up to speed, call WorkSource to see if you would qualify for an On the Job Training grant.

    Incumbent Worker Training
    When existing workers (not new hires) lack needed training, businesses experience skills gaps.  A company’s ability to retain workers and grow their business can be compromised when workers’ skills grow stale. WorkSource’s Incumbent Worker Training grants can help. The program provides grants for continuing education and training of current full-time employees at Southwest Washington companies. incumbent worker training (IWT) under the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce, and increase both participants’ and companies’ competitiveness. It is a type of work-based training and upskilling designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to stay on the job and advance within the company, or to acquire the skills necessary for employers to avoid layoffs.  With a focus on helping Southwest Washington’s businesses, these grants can reimburse companies for up to 100 percent for pre-approved training costs. Companies are able to choose their training provider based on the skills needed. 

    Shared Work Program
    If you are facing a temporary decline in business, the Shared Work Program offers you an alternative to laying off workers. Instead of laying workers off, you can reduce the work hours of your permanent employees, and they can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. This translates into immediate payroll savings for you, and prevents the loss of your skilled employees. Thousands of employers have used the program to: Reduce payroll costs, Retain their skilled employees, Have flexibility during uneven workload periods, Be able to react quickly when demand returns.

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit
    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax incentive for employers to hire certain hard-to-place job seekers. The goal is to help these individuals become economically self-sufficient and to reward employers who give them a chance. Note: The WOTC program has been approved through Dec. 31, 2019. Employers or their representatives must submit applications through our online filing system within 28 days of the job start date. 

    Worker eligibility 
    The following general categories of workers qualify for the tax credit. See the Eligibility at esd.wa.gov/about-employees/WOTC/eligibility for more information. 
    Public assistance recipients, if they meet the eligibility requirements for SNAP (food stamps), TANF or long-term TANF. Several categories of military veterans. Ex-felons hired within a year after their date of conviction, work release, or release from prison or jail. People with disabilities participating in state or federal vocational-rehabilitation programs who’ve had an “individual written plan” for employment in the two years before being hired. 
    Anyone who received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for any month in the 60 days before being hired. Long-term unemployed individuals hired on or after Jan. 1, 2016 (must have been unemployed at least 27 consecutive weeks). 

  • Paul Montague
    The GVCC’s Business Services Counselor
    Email: pmontague@vancouverusa.com
    Phone: (360) 567-1081


    Your guide to our community’s workforce resources.


    Paul Montague is uniquely qualified for the Chamber’s Business Solutions Counselor due to his knowledge of Southwest Washington’s business climate. He’s earned this perspective from his past roles as the Executive Director of Identity Clark County and the Battle Ground Chamber, and as the former Sales Director of the GVCC when this organization had its strongest membership numbers. The Business Solutions Counselor role was made possible by the Business Solutions Consortium, which is a collaboration between the GVCC and WorkSource Services, funded by a grant from Workforce SW Washington. The goal is to connect local businesses with services provided by all these partners in the areas of: talent recruitment, on-the-Job Training (OJT), hiring events, pre-employment assessment testing and facilitation, labor market information, access to tax credits and downsizing services.