Cabarrus gets employment program

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 27, 2011

With the pilot roll-out by the N.C. Employment Security Commission of a new program called “Opportunity North Carolina,” or, ONC, employers in designated counties can now get to know and train a potential employee for up to six weeks before making a hiring decision.
ONC is currently operating in Alamance, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Durham, Nash and Scotland counties. So far, 19 formerly unemployed workers have been hired because of the program.
The ESC unveiled the program today in Cabarrus county.
“We are excited to present such a creative opportunity for employers and those looking for work in Cabarrus County,” said ESC Chairman, Lynn R. Holmes. “In the pilot phase, it has shown us that it provides employers and unemployed job seekers a great way to learn about each other. In addition, the ONC participant acquires new skills and is fully prepared for the first day on the job, should they be hired by the training employer.”
To take part in ONC, employers must have a legitimate job opening and agree to train a program participant for a period of one to six weeks. The employer is not be required to pay anything. Workers Compensation coverage is provided by the ESC, as is a weekly training allowance of $100 for ONC participants. The training allowance is provided to defray some costs, such as travel to the job training site. At any point during the six-week period, the employer can make a decision to hire the person or end the agreement. Individuals volunteer for ONC through an ESC pilot office.