The Westchester Putnam One Stop Employment Center’s new Hire Westchester program offers to pay employers 50 percent of the cost of training new workers up to $20,000, provided that the jobs pay between $10 to $25 an hour.
The new employees must also be Westchester County residents.
County officials announced the new program Monday and they explained that $100,000 in funding will come from fees collected by the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency.
The Westchester IDA charges fees to private businesses that apply to the agency for tax breaks and other assistance.
Hire Westchester’s initial goal is to create 75 jobs and if the program meets its goal quickly the Westchester IDA could approve additional funding, officials said.
“Taxpayers win in (two) respects because there is no tax dollars connected with this, and yet people can go back to work,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
The new jobs do not have to be full-time jobs. They can be seasonal or part-time.
There are more than 25,000 job seekers who have signed up for the Westchester Putnam One Stop Employment Center, county officials noted.
Details about how businesses can apply for Hire Westchester are posted here.