Employer Incentives

Workforce Essentials training consultants help you take advantage of Tennessee’s programs and grants, receive compensation for employee training expenses, claim tax credits for hiring new employees, and work with the Tennessee American Job Centers for complimentary services.

This Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for-profit businesses. Learn more!

This program is one way employers can reduce their Federal Income Tax by claiming a tax credit on each eligible new employee.

Recruiting assistance, applicant pre-screening, coordination of job fairs and much more. American Job Centers are like candy stores for employers!

Training Grants

The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides customized training grants to for-profit Tennessee businesses. Through this program, Tennessee businesses can stay competitive through state-sponsored skills trainings for full-time employees.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Workforce Essentials administer the Incumbent Worker Training Program in Northern Middle Tennessee Local Workforce Area.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Receive up to $2,400 in tax cuts*! The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is one way that employers can reduce their Federal Income Tax. *Through this program, employers can claim a tax credit on each eligible new employee.

Employees Who Qualify: 1st year of employment; Member of family receiving AFDC or TANF; Qualified Veteran; Qualified Ex-Felon; Vocational ReHab Program; Qualified Food Stamp or SSI Recipient; Must work a minimum of 120 hours/annually.

Savings: Save 25% of base pay on those who work between 120 – 400 hours annually. Save 40% of base pay on those who work over 400 hours.
For example: 300 hrs @ $9.00 x 25% = $675 and 600 hrs @ $9.00 x 40% = $2,160

Benefits to Employer: $6,000 of earnings covered; Tax credit of 25% or 40% (depending on hours worked annually).

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American Job Centers Services

Workforce Essentials and American Job Center partners provide services through the local American Job Centers to help build area businesses.

  • Assist with recruiting qualified personnel for job openings
  • Pre-screen applicants
  • Introduce available tax credits and other employer incentives
  • Assess your future employees’ skills
  • Customized training for your employees
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Management
  • Employment physicals
  • Utilize meeting space & conduct interviews at the American Job Center
  • Coordination for mass hiring events/job fairs

American Job Center Benefits:

  • Customer focused
  • Trained staff in a friendly, workforce environment
  • Information about local, state, and federal funded programs in a single location
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