Georgia’s Department of Labor (GDOL) assists companies in recruitment by posting job notices, collecting and screening applications and/or résumés, providing interview space, scheduling interviews and hosting job fairs. GDOL will work with private employment agencies that list jobs with the state.
QUICK START EMPLOYEE TRAINING
The number-one workforce training program in the country, Quick Start, develops and delivers fully customized, strategic workforce solutions for qualified companies investing in Georgia. Quick Start helps companies assess, select and train the right people at the right time for success. Services are provided free of charge as a discretionary incentive for job creation for clients opening or expanding manufacturing operations, distribution centers, headquarters operations and customer contact centers in a broad range of industries. Services include:
- Strategic workforce consultation – Quick Start’s training professionals work with company subject matter experts to guarantee training meets business goals.
- Pre-employment assessment – Helps companies assess candidates according to their own defined criteria and preview their skills.
- Customized post-employment and job-specific training – From fundamental knowledge to supervised on-the-job training on a company’s own technology and processes, Quick Start prepares employees for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
- Leadership and productivity enhancement training – Businesses maintain competitiveness and emphasize continuous improvement for all team members with Quick Start’s guidance. www.GeorgiaQuickStart.org
GO BUILD GEORGIA
Go Build Georgia is designed to educate young people and the public at large about the wage, lifestyle and employment benefits in skilled labor trades, dispel misconceptions about the skilled trade industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled tradesman. Through this public awareness effort, Go Build Georgia aims to provide better opportunities for craft tradesmen, more highly skilled employees for businesses and enhanced economic development for Georgia and the nation. www.gobuildgeorgia.com
RETRAINING TAX CREDIT
A company’s direct investment in training can be claimed as a tax credit, up to 50 percent of the employer’s direct cost up to $500 per approved training program.
- The total amount of credit cannot exceed $1,250 per employee per year.
- Training programs must be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia.
- This tax credit can be used to offset up to 50 percent of a company’s state income tax liability.
- Unused credits can be carried forward 10 years. These credits can be combined with other tax credits.
- The credit is available to all Georgia businesses that file a Georgia income tax return.
- The retraining program must be for quality and productivity enhancements and certain software technologies.
Retraining Tax Credits are subject to program requirements as outlined in O.C.G.A. § 48-7-40.5. For a detailed guide on these credits, visit www.georgiaquickstart.org/econdev/retrain.html.
HOPE SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT
HOPE — Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally — is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. The HOPE Grant provides tuition assistance to Georgia residents seeking a technical degree or certificate at one of Georgia’s technical colleges, regardless of the student’s high school grade point average or graduation date. These programs can be advantageous to relocating families with children, and for companies training employees through local technical colleges.
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia created an Office of Economic Development in 1995. The System’s Economic Development staff, working with a team of economic development leaders from each campus, bridges the intellectual resources of Georgia’s 31 public college and universities to the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the state’s business community in innovative ways. Georgia businesses can connect with college-educated talent, the latest research and business and operations advice.