Keystone Works for Business
Businesses participating in Keystone Works pay no wages to the trainee - not even the additional premium cost of providing workers' compensation insurance coverage during the training period. Training can be conducted for up to 24 hours per week for up to eight weeks. Individuals referred to businesses will be prescreened by PA CareerLink® staff to meet the criteria outlined by the business in their training application and plan. Businesses have the opportunity to interview referred individuals to ensure they are an appropriate match. Trainees completing the program will have received up to 192 hours of training, enabling them to be immediately productive if hired.
Businesses who hire trainees receive a monetary incentive for doing so - $375 every four weeks the trainee is employed full time, up to a total of $1,500 per trainee hired.
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How Will I Benefit?
You will be matched with prescreened, qualified claimants to fill your open positions.
You determine the training plan that fits your businesses needs.
Claimants complete training at your facility and can be productive immediately if you decide to hire them.
You pay nothing to participate - not even the additional premium cost of providing workers' compensation insurance coverage for claimants during the training period.
You may receive up to $1,500 in cash incentives for hiring individuals who complete approved training.
Am I Eligible for Keystone Works?
Businesses are generally eligible if they meet the following criteria:
The business is willing to offer training.
The training will not exceed 24 hours per week or eight weeks.
The training is bona fide occupational instruction to benefit the claimant.
The training is in a high-priority occupation.
The business has not had a recent layoff in the occupation or occupations to be trained.
Training will not displace current employees.
The business is not participating in the Shared-Work Program.
There are no current labor-management disputes or strikes.
Additional requirements may apply.
How Do I Enroll?
Both of the forms referenced above can be submitted either directly to the Keystone Works Resource Account (RA-LI-BWDP-KeysWrks@pa.gov) or through the PA CareerLink®.
Once the Keystone Works Training Application and Plan is approved, claimants will be sought that match the criteria specified. When a business and a claimant are matched and agree to participate in the Keystone Works Program, the following forms must be completed and signed.
Keystone Works Business Contract (establishes the formal contract between the business and the Department of Labor & Industry which includes setting forth the code of conduct and reporting requirements)
Keystone Works Claimant Agreement (to be completed by the trainee, certifying agreement with the terms and conditions of the training and program)
Department of Labor & Industry Staff will help you complete these forms.
Businesses with active trainees must submit the Keystone Works Claimant Progress Report
to their local PA CareerLink® every two weeks. The Progress Report documents the days and hours spent training and any comments from the business representative.
Businesses that hire Keystone Works trainees to full-time (at least 35 hours/week) positions are eligible for incentive payments of $375 every four consecutive weeks, up to $1,500. Businesses must submit invoices to receive incentive payments. Businesses can submit invoices for incentive payments after every eligible four week period or at the end of the entire eligible incentive period. Business are also eligible to submit for reimbursement of any increase in workers compensation premiums in connection with obtaining workers' compensation insurance coverage for trainees during their participation in the program. The Keystone Works General Invoice form and instructions follow.