CareerSource NCFL is not currently accepting employer applications for the HBOTT program.
CareerSource North Central Florida, a public workforce investment board in Gainesville, Florida that serves Alachua and Bradford Counties, launched a 4-year program that provides more than $3 million dollars worth of training for local unemployed workers in the areas of healthcare, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and information technology. These occupations are often filled by foreign workers under the U.S. H-1B visa program. It is anticipated that $2.5 million will be awarded for a maximum of 6 months of on-the-job-training (OJT). Participating employers may be reimbursed a maximum of 90% (depending on company size) of direct salary costs during the training period. Employees must be hired at the start of training and retained after training. A selection process will determine which employers are funded. Priority will be given to those employers creating the greatest number of qualified jobs. OJT may be provided by the employer’s in-house personnel or by third-party training providers hired by the employer. Private for-profit and non-profit employers are eligible, with the exception of temporary placement and public agencies. It is anticipated that the HBOTT Program will serve a minimum of 264 trainees during the 48-month period.
Partners with CareerSource NCFL in this program include:
- Institute for Workforce Innovation
- University of Florida
- Center for Excellence in Regenerative Health Biotechnology
- Office of Technology Licensing
- Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator
- Santa Fe College
- Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
- North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Focused Management Solutions, Inc.
Employers are selected by the CareerSource NCFL Business Competitiveness Committee. This Committee receives recommendations from a sub-committee that serves as the HBOTT Review Committee. This sub-committee creates the employer eligibility criteria, application process, scores the applications, and recommends awards to the committee. Final approvals are voted on in public meetings by the committee. An OJT contract is signed between approved employers and CareerSource NCFL. The decisions of the committee are final.
Ideal program applicants for this initiative have a significant base of experience and education to support a rapid transition to the selected occupation. The OJT is for occupations in-demand that are approved for H-1B Visas. Trainees must have at minimum a high school diploma. Most will have post-secondary education or vocational skills credentials. The program is also designed to provide, as necessary, short-term specialized skills upgrading in the selected industries to build a knowledge and competency base that will compliment OJT opportunities.
The hourly wage is only reimbursed for the time employees who are documented to be at work and in training. Positions funded under this program can be full-time or part-time. Those hired must be unemployed or underemployed when entering the program. Employers are expected to retain all employees at the conclusion of the training.
Employees must fully register in employflorida.com and be enrolled in the HBOTT Program by CareerSource NCFL. Trainee/Employee documentation that must be collected includes:
- Unemployment Status
- Social Security Number
- Citizenship/Non-Citizen legally authorized to work in the U.S.