Workforce Development

Invest Buffalo Niagara connects businesses with local organizations to access available training funds, locate training resources, and link companies with qualified job seekers.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Helps businesses upgrade the skills of newly hired workers by providing training grants that can cover up to 90% of the total costs for Workforce Investment Board (WIB) approved on-the-job training, depending on the size of the business. Eligible workers must be employed full time (35+ hours per week) and earn more than $10/hour.

Customized Training

Designed to meet the special requirements of an employer for up to 50% of the total costs of a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) approved training course. Eligible companies must continue to employ the individual upon training completion. The employee must be newly hired or make less than $25/hour and must receive a skill assessment indicating that training is necessary to obtain or retain employment.

PIVOT Program

A unique wage subsidy program that provides the businesses with partnership opportunities.  The Erie County Department of Social Services staff matches employable temporary assistance for under-employed clients with companies looking to fill existing positions. All PIVOT candidates are pre-screened for job capability, and Erie County subsidizes 100% of PIVOT candidate wages for six months during training.