The Hire One Initiative


Hire One, a CCEDC initiative, partners with the Chester County Workforce Development Board, the Chester County Office of Pennsylvania CareerLink®, and over 400 committed private/public organizations to develop new and innovative strategies for connecting job seekers to hiring employers by leveraging available resources.

Over 200 regional employers, known as “Company Champions,” have agreed to hire a minimum of one full-time person to their labor force. In addition, input is gathered from job seekers to populate an informal job network.

Employers also provide valuable insight into the skills and tools that are needed from prospective employers. Armed with this information, Hire One assists the region’s businesses to establish strong, competitive workforces.

Using the results of our job-seeker surveys, Hire One expanded on an existing informal job network system, to include organizations that provide services to under and unemployed workers.

Become a Hire One Champion and help us empower our unemployed Chester County neighbors to find jobs and restore their careers.

Employer Resources

The following resources are available to help develop and strengthen your workforce.

  • Chester County’s On-the-Job Training Program (OJT)
    Designed for a company who has identified a job seeker who does not necessarily have all the related training or work experience to qualify an open position. Employers are eligible for a 50% reimbursement of the new worker’s salary to offset the training costs, not to exceed $6,000. The training would be provided by your company. (Several of our Company Champions have hired new employees using these funds.)
  • PA CareerLink® – Chester County
    The CCEDC’s Hire One initiative works closely with the PA CareerLink® – Chester County, a valuable resource to employers and job seekers, helping to build the workforce in our county. PA CareerLink® employer services include:
    – Training on how to use PA CareerLink®
    – Staff-assisted job posting, resume screening and job referrals
    – Employer Folder Management
    – Employer Tax Credit Information and Referrals
    – On-the-Job Training Reimbursement for New Hires
    – Industry Partnerships/Incumbent Worker Training Opportunities
    – Employer Workshop Series
    – Coordination of Job and Career Fairs
    – Labor Market Information for Employers
    – Facility Rental
  • PACareerLink® – Employers are encouraged to post their jobs for free on the state’s website.
  • The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Federal Bonding (WOTC) programs. Employer Hiring Incentives. To apply for WOTC, an employer or employer’s representative must submit the IRS 8850 and ETA 9061 (or 9062, where applicable) within 28 days of the new hires’ start date to L&I. Forms can be downloaded by visiting www.dli.pa.gov, and search keyword, “WOTC.” Proof of mailing may be required. You may also submit applications electronically at www.pacareerlink.pa.gov.
  • Midatlantic Employer’s Association (MEA)
    Helps successful, growing organizations manage their workforce needs, stay current and compliant, and attract, retain and motivate their talent.
  • SCORE Free Small Business Advice – With over 100 certified mentors, experienced in just about every facet of business,  SCORE provides free professional guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
  • West Chester University Career Development Center
    On-line site for employers seeking to hire WCU students for part-time, seasonal and childcare jobs.

For more information on the hiring resources listed above, please contact:

Jim Lauckner
Senior Project Consultant, Hire One
(610) 321-8231

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