San Joaquin Partnership

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The employer make-up of San Joaquin County is changing due to growth and the modernization of industries using high technology.  The community has responded with considerable investment into public and private job training programs.  This network of Human Resources support provides a combined and integrated approach to accessing resources to meet the needs of individual firms.

To achieve maximum benefits in meeting initial and ongoing Human Resource needs, the San Joaquin Partnership and each of the following entities participate in a process to assist each employer define applicable programs, best application processes, and assist in the implementation.   The objective of this process is to meet the company's need for qualified, trained employees while maximizing available economic and resource benefits. 

Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a State of California agency that provides $70 to $90 million in job training funds annually throughout the state. ETP is a funding agency only. Businesses determine their own training needs and how best to provide training. ETP funds may be used for three types of training:  New Hire, Retraining, and Special Employment Training programs. The performance based contracts may be up to two years in length with training for any one individual up to 200 hours over 21 months.  Most types of skills training can be included in the curriculum, including literacy skills training if an assessment is done.  Average contracts awarded range from $1,000 to 1,200 per trainee.

San Joaquin County WorkNet assists companies expanding or moving into the area.  Many new employers find it convenient to use one of the six WorkNet centers, located throughout the County, to do their initial recruitment.  The knowledgeable WorkNet staff may function as part of a company's human resource team to assist in designing an effective recruitment and screening program to meet specific employment needs.  Services may include developing hiring criteria, active recruitment, screening, testing and assessment of basic skills, interests and aptitudes, and training programs such as  On-The-Job Training.  On-The-Job Training program offers a reimbursement of up to 50 percent of wages paid for training eligible workers on the job for up to six months.

Employment Development Department (EDD) As a designated state agency for employment services, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is the nation's largest employment agency.  The EDD is host of the California Job Openings Browse System (CAlJOBS), a sophisticated, internet-based job listing and self-referral system.  Employers have a convenient option to enter job openings and search for qualified applicants either on their own or through the services of EDD staff.  EDD also assists with recruitment, screening for eligibility and referral, interviewing and testing accommodations, disability and unemployment insurance, family leave program and more, on a no fee basis.

Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) maintains resources to assist in the recruitment, assessment and training of new employees.  ROP offers customized training, on or off site, in time frames to meet immediate employer needs.  The ROP may also provide facilities, equipment and instructors for occupational training as needed.  The San Joaquin County Office of Education provides occupational programs and adult education throughout the county's school districts offering access to specific training to any person 16 years or older, with the intent that it will lead directly to work.  Students range from high school juniors and seniors to adults re-entering the workforce or developing their skills.  This pool of potential workers ranges from 4,000 to 8,000 contacts.  There are Regional Occupational Program and Adult Education Centers in Lodi, Manteca, Stockton and Tracy.  Facilities are available for use during the day, evenings and weekends.

CalWORKs, The San Joaquin County Human Services Agency administers an employer assistance program providing training and job placement to welfare recipients. The program offers innovative and customized training and services designed to assist employers with the cost of hiring and training new employees, and assists those participants who become employed with child care and transportation costs. In San Joaquin County, the CalWORKs caseload is approximately 14,000 adults of which nearly 85% are female heads of households. Sixty percent (60%) of the clients have completed high school or acquired a GED, the majority have some work experience, and 47% are working part time while seeking full time employment. Employers employing participants of the program may be eligible for federal welfare-to-work as well as work opportunity tax credits.  They may also be eligible for state tax credits if located within the Stockton/San Joaquin Enterprise Zone.

San Joaquin Delta Community College prepares students for careers in a  wide variety of vocational areas designed to prepare individuals to meet the skilled workforce needs of local businesses and industry.  Delta College offers a variety of technical certificate programs created in conjunction with local industry and creates additional, specialized training, both for credit and non-credit, tailored to the specific needs of the individual employer.  Training or retraining of employees can be conducted at the job site, in nearby facilities, or on-campus, at times conducive to the employer.

Stockton Chamber Apprenticeship Program (SCAP) is an award-winning private/public partnership between the Human Services Agency (HSA), San Joaquin County WorkNet and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.  SCAP provides employment opportunities for CalWORKS participants and gives employers a chance to evaluate these job seekers through a two-four week, non-paid Apprenticeship Program. 

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