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Job Creation Tax Credit

Provides a $1,000 tax credit/job to approved businesses that agree to create or preserve new jobs in the Commonwealth within three years. A business must agree to create at least 25 new jobs or new jobs equaling at least 20% of the existing work force. Twenty-five per cent of the tax credits allocated each year must go to businesses with fewer than 26 employees. The tax credits may not be utilized by a business until the jobs are actually created. Funding is competitive and is offered through the Governor’s Action Team.


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You Hire – You Train – We Pay

On-the-Job Training (OJT) offers employers an inexpensive way to train new employees. Sponsored by the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, and administered by PA CareerLink staff, the OJT Program is a federal program that is simple to use and offers qualified employers the opportunity to receive a 50% wage reimbursement on Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligible hires.

Because training can be costly, OJT reduces that cost by paying your company 50% of a new trainee’s wages for up to 6 months or a maximum $5,000. The amount of reimbursable wages depends on the training needed by the new hire. PA CareerLink staff screen potential hires for program eligibility, work with you on developing a mutually agreed-upon training contract, handle most of the paperwork, and initiate a reimbursement schedule for monthly payments made directly to your company. A signed OJT contract must be in place by the trainee’s first day of work. Anytime your company is hiring full-time, regularly scheduled positions – at least 30 hours per week and at least $10 per hour – OJT can be considered.

To assist employers in finding qualified workers who have the basic skills necessary to learn on-the-job, the PA CareerLink provides WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate testing. WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, and retain a high-performance workforce.

For more information about OJT, WorkKeys, and other PA CareerLink business services, please contact Frank Nieddu at 570-622-5253 ext. 140 or via email at

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