The Greater Omaha Workforce Development Board
Find the right people for the right job.
Businesses today are confronted with multiple market challenges, and finding a qualified workforce is one. Heartland Workforce Solutions streamlines the process of getting you connected to the right people for the right job.
Better Business Workshops
For more information click and to view previously recorded workshops, click here.
Work With Us Wednesdays
Join us for an orientation to the workforce system. Learn about resources for you to utilize to upskill and grow your company, whether it is filling open positions or increasing education levels of your employees.
When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Noon
Where: Hybrid – Come in person to Heartland Workforce Solutions (and ask for a tour after) or join us virtually by clicking HERE to get the Zoom link.
HWS Business Newsletter
HWS launched a monthly business newsletter highlighting events, programs, services, and connecting points specific to businesses. Check out the latest and issue here and subscribe to upcoming editions of the newsletter.
Reach your employment goals.
When you work with Heartland Workforce Solutions, our consultants evaluate your needs and gather the right information to help us discover how we can best serve your company or organization. We can assist you with many of your employment initiatives, including future workforce and employee pipeline development.
We create long-term partnerships between our organization and area employers. We are the convener and facilitator, offering job training and career support that meets the needs of both employees and employers in industry sectors that are central to our local economy.
To get started, complete the Business Registration and Referral form below. For additional information, call 402-444-4700.
Business Registration and Referral Form
Get connected to the right services for your business!
How partnerships work.
We assist local employers with finding and retaining the skilled workers they require to successfully compete in today’s global economy. We also focus on systemic change to expand career opportunities for low-wage workers through:
- Employer-led changes in human resources practices.
- Significant improvements to education/training practices.
- Federal, state or local policy changes and/or innovations based on evidence-based research.
The above goals are met by bringing employers together in workforce partnerships to understand and address the requisite skills of an entire industry and implement these initiatives with broader impact.
Resources for Businesses
Recruitment and Hiring Tools
EmployOMA assists local job-seekers as a non-profit, collaborative group of workforce agencies in the Omaha area. EmployOMA helps businesses connect with specialists from multiple workforce agencies to promote their latest information about available jobs, upcoming workforce events, and job fairs.
Find out more info at https://www.linkedin.com/company/employoma/.
• NEworks.nebraska.gov – Post Jobs and Find Candidates
Targeted Recruitment Efforts
- Hiring Events
- Regular career fairs and hiring events.
- Onsite Employer Spotlights – This is a hiring event for just your company inside our American Job Center.
- Veteran and Military targeted recruitment programs
- Monthly Boots to Fill Hiring Events-This event is focused on Veterans, military spouses and their dependents.
- For more information, please email NDOL.OmahaWFD@nebraska.gov.
Tax Credits and Other Incentive Programs
Federal Fidelity Bond Program
The Federal Fidelity Bonding Program is a unique hiring tool that provides employers insurance coverage for former offenders during the first six months of employment or job promotion. The Federal Fidelity Bond provides $5,000 of insurance to cover events such as theft, larceny or embezzlement by the employee. Employers receive the Federal Fidelity Bond free-of-charge.
Presentation about the program: Fidelity Bond Grant State-Wide Training_FINAL
For more information visit https://dol.nebraska.gov/ReemploymentServices/EmployerResources/FederalFidelityBondProgram
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have faced significant barriers to employment. WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC. For more information, please email NDOL.OmahaWFD@nebraska.gov or WOTChelp@nebraska.gov.
Layoff Aversion and Response
Short-Time Compensation Program
The Short-Time Compensation (STC) program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit. STC helps retain workforce during a temporary slowdown in work. Employees are allowed to receive a partial unemployment benefit to help them offset the loss of income.
The Rapid Response program helps workers to reestablish employment promptly following a layoff. Our Reemployment Services team works directly with employers to quickly connect workers to resources such as resume and interview preparation, Unemployment Insurance, and education and training opportunities. The program is flexible to meet the needs of each employer and their team.
Trade Adjustment Assistance
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is available to assist workers experiencing job loss due to US foreign trade. Loss of employment could be a result of increased imports, a shift in operations to foreign countries or a shift in the supply chain.
Training Assistance and Programs
Registered Apprenticeships for Employers
By working with an employer that values life-long learning, apprentices become invested in improving their skills and in achieving a certificate of completion, a nationally-recognized credential. While combining hands-on skill development with classroom learning, apprentices learn and understand why they do what they do. Apprentices become problem solvers, good team members, and demonstrate better interpersonal skills. On average, apprentices demonstrate better attendance, possess the latest technological skills, and fill the critical need for skilled workers to replace retirees and achieve and maintain a highly productive workforce.
Worker Training Grants
In accordance with Nebraska Revised Statutes § 48-622.02 and 48-622.03, the Nebraska Worker Training and Support Cash Fund may be used to provide training opportunities that:
- expand the Nebraska workforce by increasing the pool of highly skilled workers in Nebraska.
- support public and private job training programs designed to train, retrain, or upgrade work skills of existing Nebraska workers of for-profit and not-for-profit businesses.
- recruit workers to Nebraska; and
- train new employees of expanding Nebraska businesses.
Employers, labor organizations, or other entities providing an apprenticeship training program may apply for a worker training grant.
What success looks like:
Jordi grew up with a passion for technology, but he lacked role models that had the expertise to advise him on a career in IT.
Anthony arrived at HWS seeking assistance for post-high school training options, but he was able to get that and a whole lot more.
Community Impact through Work Experience As a South Omaha native, Jacqueline Gomez has long wanted to give back to the community that raised her. Through the WIOA Youth program, Jacqueline […]