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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

麻州推出"立即聘請"計畫 雇主每聘一人補助4000元

MA Governor Charlie Baker touting "HireNow" program. ( Photo by Chutze Chou)
               (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 麻州查理貝克 (Charlie Baker) 政府動用5000萬元來自美國援救計畫 (ARPA)經費,323日推出立即聘用 (HireNow)”計畫,將以每名員工4000元,每家公司最高可40萬元的補助額度,協助企業及非牟利機構解決近來招人難的問題。

                這一補助計畫採先到先得方式辦理,323日起開始受理申請,只要是設址麻州,無論是私營企業或是非牟利機構,都可申請。網址為www.mass.gov/hirenow

              企業拿到的補助款可用於培訓員工,發簽約獎金給新員工等等。麻州政府希望藉此,協助企業更快的聘得人手,培訓新員工,讓更多人回到勞動市場。

MA Lt. Governor Karen Polito providing details of the"HireNow" program. (By Chutze Chou)
                 麻州州長查理貝克和副州長白莉朵(Karen Polito),以及勞工及人力發展廳廳長Rosalin Acosta323日這天,到位於劍橋市的非營利機構,為生物科學新創企業提供支援服務的實驗室中心 (LabCentral)”,宣佈這一計畫,藉以強調,這一補助計畫也適用於非牟利機構,以及任何職務,不一定要是白領階級。

              麻州政府表示,根據勞工部統計數據最近的分析,和疫情爆發前相比,有85000人未加入勞動市場。同時間,雇主的員工需求卻持續增加,以至於和疫情前相比,張貼出去的工作機會,有20%的招不到人。全麻州現有大約20萬個工作機會。

             麻州政府指出,政府正在藉由各種努力來協助企業解決這一問題,包括擴大介紹已運作中的學徒計畫,在職員工訓練計劃,以及職業技能計畫等等。

             Rosalin Acosta並指出,麻州區域機構將聘請名為市場創造者 (Market Makers)”的新員工,來連結公司和培訓結業人員,居間協調的幫助雇主與求職者。麻州聘用 (MassHire)中心也會增加員工,直接和想要報名參加培訓項目,獲取更多技能的求職者聯繫。

            符合申請補助的聘僱為323日以後聘用,至少工作了60天,每星期至少工作30小時。受聘者的時薪必須在最低14.25元,最高42.5元之間。 

Baker-Polito Administration Launches “HireNow” Hiring and Training Employer Grant Program

$4,000/Employee Program Aims to Boost Hiring with Labor Force Participation Rates Still Lower than Pre-Pandemic

 

BOSTON 
– The Baker-Polito Administration today launched a new hiring and training employer grant program, “HireNow,” which will help employers quickly hire and train new workers and get more people back to work. The new program provides eligible employers with a $4,000 per employee grant, which can be used to cover training costs or as a signing bonus for new employees. By providing employers with these flexible funds to facilitate quick hiring, the Administration is focusing on addressing continued hiring challenges faced by employers and increasing labor force participation. Employers can learn more about the program and apply at www.mass.gov/hirenow.
Lab Central founder Johannes Fruehauf touting companies coming out from Lab Central
received more than 20% of VC funding nationwide. (By Chutze Chou)

The program is open to all Massachusetts employers, including both for-profit and non-profit entities (excluding federal, state, and municipal governments). Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta announced the launch of the program today at LabCentral, a Cambridge non-profit that provides support and working space for start-ups in the biotech and life sciences sectors. LabCentral plans to hire lab operations and other technical and administrative staff this year and will use funds from HireNow to support training costs.


“Our Administration is focused on supporting Massachusetts’ economic growth and getting more people back to work, and the HireNow program is one more tool at our disposal to meet employers’ workforce needs and grow our labor force,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The flexible funds from this program will be distributed to employers quickly to help them with training costs, tuition support and other needs. We are grateful to our partners in the Legislature for allocating the ARPA funds necessary to make this program happen.” 

“We know employers are ready to grow and expand by hiring new workers, and we’re excited to deploy flexible dollars as part of the HireNow program to jump-start those efforts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts’s economic recovery from the pandemic is off and running, but we know there are still persistent workforce challenges that we must address. To boost our local economies, it is critical that we help both for-profit and non-profit employers meet their workforce needs and get more people back to work. We appreciate the partnership of the employer community as we developed this program and look forward to putting these funds to work alongside our existing, proven job-training programs.”


HireNow aims to address hiring challenges faced by employers that have been brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, there are over 85,000 workers not participating in the labor market compared to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, employers’ need for workers has continued to increase, with unfilled job postings up 20% compared to pre-pandemic levels and approximately 200,000 open jobs available across the Commonwealth.

The Administration is focused on addressing these challenges through a variety of efforts, including by expanding access and awareness to its existing apprenticeshipsincumbent worker training programs, the Career Technical Initiative and more. 

Local MassHire Workforce Boards are also expanding resources to match employers and workers with training programs, and regions are hiring new staff members to serve as regional “Market Makers” to connect companies to graduates of new education and training programs starting up in their areas funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.  These staff members will be regional points of contact to help match employers’ needs with both job-seekers and the skill-building programs needed to successfully fill open jobs.  In addition, MassHire Centers are adding staff to work directly with job seekers who want to enroll in new training programs to gain more skills. 

The HireNow program will build on these efforts by providing resources directly to employers that make it possible to immediately hire new employees and provide them with necessary training to fill open roles. The program will be supported by $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

 

"We are excited to add HireNow to our growing number of grant programs that aim to close job and equity gaps across the Commonwealth," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. "We hope these funds will encourage employers to expand their hiring strategy to include those with potential for learning and growing on the job, over a direct-skills match, as this will widen the candidate pool and help both jobseekers and businesses."

 

“Getting people back to work is a key element of our strategy for economic recovery and the ‘HireNow’ program allows us double down on these efforts,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “I look forward to this program’s success not just in enhancing access to employment opportunities, but accelerating it.”

 

“HireNow will be an excellent complement to the Career Technical Initiative we launched two years ago which expands access to high-quality vocational programs for high school students and adults by creating three shifts, one during the regular school day for vocational students, one in the afternoons for students enrolled in their local high school, and one in the evening for adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “Employers will be able to recruit students from CTI programs, and use the HireNow grants to offer deeper training for their employees.”

 

Program Details:

  • Employer Eligibility: Any Massachusetts employer who is in good standing with Department of Unemployment Assistance and Department of Revenue obligations and is not de-barred by the state is eligible (excluding federal, state, and municipal governments). Applications must be submitted by the employer, not an education or training partner.
  • Application Process: Employers must pre-register online at Mass.Gov/HireNow by providing employer information. Following the employee’s hire and 60-day retention period, employers will submit a final application for funding. The Commonwealth will also approve the planned use of the funds (training costs, signing bonus, etc.) when approving the application.
  • Eligible Hires: Hires must be made after March 23, 2022, be retained for a minimum of 60 days, and be placed in jobs that are at least 30 hours per week.  New hires need to be Massachusetts residents employed in Massachusetts.  There are also limits on compensation:
    • Minimum eligible compensation: $14.25 / hr (minimum wage)
    • Maximum eligible compensation: $42.50 / hr (~$85K annualized)
  • Funding: up to $4,000 for each eligible employee hired, with a limit of $400,000 per employer. Funds will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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