Workforce Programs and Incentives (WPI)

Job Referral and Placement

A TCEDA partner, the Mother Lode Workforce Development Board (MLWDB), works with businesses to access the region’s entire workforce. The local Mother Lode Job Training Center will help businesses find workers for specific skills sets who are trained and ready to work. Also, through its CalJOBS system, the MLWDB offers a statewide network that provides an instant link between employers and job seekers anywhere in California. This network provides employers with quick access to the largest available pool of job-ready applicants.

Local and Federal Training and Hiring Incentives

A TCEDA partner, the Board (MLWDB), provides On-The-Job and Incumbent Worker Training contracts with up to 75 percent wage reimbursement for employees meeting specific qualification criteria. Furthermore, MLWDB can provide Work Experience to local employers where MLWDB is the employer of record.

Additionally, the federal Work Opportunity Credit (WOC) equals 40 percent of the first $6,000 in qualified wages in the first year, provided the employee works at least 400 hours during the tax year.

The federal Welfare to Work (WOW) credit equals 35 percent of the first $10,000 in qualified wages in year one and 50 percent of the first $10,000 of qualified wages in year two, each time a qualified employee is hired.

The MLWDB also assists businesses in acquiring and retraining a highly skilled work force with expertise in very specific fields to increase competitiveness and productivity. The MLWDB, by themselves or in partnership with the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP), will enter into a performance-based customized training contract for new or existing employees that are performed by either an approved training agency or the company itself.

As the training is completed, the costs for developing, implementing, and completing the training are reimbursed. Ranging from about $1,500 to $2,000 per employee, reimbursements are made to the company for each employee that completes training and remains on the job for 90 days. Visit or to learn more.