Business and breakfast

Medford residents won’t have to go far to attend a free breakfast summit about on-the-job training, customized training grants, and summer youth work programs.

Three summits have been scheduled at local diners. The summits are being sponsored by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County’s Workforce Investment Board.

“This is a great opportunity for employers, and frontline hiring agents to find out what the County can offer them in their bid to secure trained and qualified employees,” said Freeholder Joseph Donnelly. “Best of all, both the information and the breakfast are free.”

The dates and locations include:

  • Tuesday, April 26, Medport Diner, 122 Route 70, Medford
  • Thursday, April 27, Vincentown Diner, 2357 Route 206, Southampton
  • Friday, April 29, Mastoris Diner, 144 Route 130, Bordentown

“The presentations will focus on three timely topics related to job training,” said Donnelly. “We are encouraging those who are looking to expand their workforce to investigate.”

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What is On-the-Job Training (OJT)? This strategy is particularly important during the current economic environment in that it puts unemployed workers back to work earning a wage while receiving training. Employers can be reimbursed up to 50 percent of costs associated with training this new employee. To learn more about OJT, contact Darlene Scocca at (609) 265–5603
  • What customized training grants may be available to my business? No charge, grant based trainings are available through the Corporate College division of Burlington County College. Programs such as customer service training, sales/marketing boot camp, computer/IT training, workplace safety and others are provided in a results-driven training program. To inquire about corporate college training programs, contact Roy Miller via Burlington County College at (609) 894–9311.
  • What is the summer work experience youth program? The mission of this program is to provide the necessary skills to youth to become prepared for employment success. The skills learned during a summer work program enhances a participating youth’s ability to effectively address problems, make sound decisions and make a successful transition from education to work. This program is fully subsidized and free to participating employers. To learn more about the summer youth program, contact Barbara Weir at (609) 265–5603

“There is nothing precluding employers from investigating these programs on their own, outside of the summits,” Donnelly said. “The game plan is the same — to make sure we are using the resources we have to expand employment and improve business growth in Burlington County.”

Registration will begin at 8 a.m, with breakfast and presentations to follow. Reservations are required, and those interested in attending should call (609) 265–5603 at least 48 hours prior to the summit.