Direct Employer Support

A 2020 survey of Connecticut Businesses by CBIA found that 29% of businesses made their greatest investment in Employee Training and 11% in Employee Recruiting. Lets work together to reduce your costs and maximize your time!

With our On The Job Training or Subsidized Work Experience programs, our Workforce Board pays the eligible candidate 20-25 hours a week for 15 weeks - no cost to you!

Many of our participants become full time, permanent employees at local businesses. You have the option to hire, or work with another candidate after 15 weeks! No commitments required.

For more information on the program or to apply please contact
Steve Gray OR Cheryl Olmstead
[email protected] 203-574-6971 ext 464
[email protected] 203-574-6971 ext 459

On the Job Training

The On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) offers employers the opportunity to build their workforce by hiring and training pre-screened candidates with at least a 50% reimbursement of their pay for up to 800 hours while they are being trained to become more skilled on the job.

Employers are encouraged to directly hire the participant upon successful completion of the program. The training program must be at least 30 hours weekly.

For further information, please contact Steve Gray at 203-574-6971 ext. 464

Business Services

The below resources can be used to educate your employees and explore NRWIB’s current offerings:

Next Generation Regional Sector Partnerships

Industry-led, community-supported partnerships that strengthen regional economies and connect people to jobs. 

Next Generation Sector Partnerships are partnerships of businesses, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, who work with education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the targeted industry. 

Next Gen Sector Partnerships Are…

  • Industry-Driven
  • Community-Supported
  • Sustainable over time
  • Active across the country

Click here to be directed to the Next Generation Sector Partnerships Website

Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs all of which are designed to enhance Connecticut's communities and business and housing environments.

The Northwestern Regional Workforce Investment Board works closely with staff at DECD to develop business opportunities in the Northwest region.

The Connecticut Development Authority offers business assistance including direct & guaranteed loans that enable and encourage companies to expand and succeed.

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Meet the Team

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Steve Gray


Employment Specialist

203-574-6971 ext. 464
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Cheryl Olmstead


Job Developer

203-574-6971 ext. 459
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Marco Ramirez


Job Developer

203-755-5117 ext. 563

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