Your workforce will be your business' biggest asset. When you're ready to expand, attracting and retaining a quality workforce will give your business one of its highest returns on investment. The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet offers a number of resources when it comes to finding and training employees. A good place to start in Kentucky is the Workforce Kentucky website. Sponsored by the Department of Workforce Investment, it is the largest single source of labor market data in the Commonwealth, where users can explore occupations, labor markets, geographic areas, and industry projections.
Finding quality employees is easier in Kentucky with e3.ky.gov a multiuse site that combines education, employment, and economic development into a single resource. Employers can also take advantage of One Stop Career Centers which connect job seekers and employers and are located throughout the Commonwealth.
Kentucky offers a variety of incentives, training and credit programs to businesses to help alleviate workforce issues.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is Kentucky's primary provider of workforce education, delivering programs and services that address the full spectrum of needs faced by business and industry, as well as programs for individuals who want to upgrade their skills.
Manufacturing and Industry
The Cabinet for Economic Development's Bluegrass State Skills Corporation plays a significant role in keeping Kentucky's business and industry competitive in the global economy by assisting them in providing the necessary training for their workforce. Kentucky also offers tax credits through jobs retention programs for manufacturing and industry.
As your business expands, you'll need to consider not only your immediate staffing needs, but employee benefits, salaries, employee handbooks, insurance, taxes and recordkeeping. If you need help in understanding the basics or need to know where to begin, the US Small Business Administration provides a number of resources for hiring employees. More information is available on this site under Managing Employees.