A-DA's mission is "to provide vocational skills training and educational advancement for youth, military veterans, and adults with disabilities and to assist them in finding employment and overcoming barriers to personal and financial self-sufficiency." - Since 1975
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National Leader in Workforce Development

A-DA has provided workforce training and employment assistance to individuals with disabilities, Veterans, high school dropouts and those with other barriers to employment in San Diego County serving 16,000 residents over the past 40 years. Hires of program participants by local employers has been the key to our success and we continue to be awarded workforce grants by the U.S. Department of Labor, California Employment Development Department, the San Diego Workforce Partnership , corporations and private foundations.

How Can We Help Your Company?

A-DA offers free referrals of pre-screened job-ready candidates, many of them whom have recently updated their skills through completion of one of A-DA’s training programs. A-DA works closely with employers to learn of job openings and we strive to identify individuals who are strong matches who can meet the employer’s skill requirements. As the unemployment rate drops, the competition for outstanding candidates intensifies. Other employer services include:
  • Free technical assistance regarding accommodations and the use of Assistive Technology;
  • Information on tax credits available to employers; and
  • Employer incentives for hiring participants.
  A-DA has developed a training niche during the past decade as we began IT and Project Management training programs. These short-term programs lead to the attainment of industry-recognized credentials such as A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft Windows 7, PMI’s PMP credential and others demanded by local industries. A-DA refers many job candidates with IT and Project Management background to local employers.

Hire Apprentices

The tech-savvy San Diego region needs highly-skilled workers with technical expertise. We can seize the opportunity to be a national leader in workforce development utilizing a proven workforce training model (apprenticeships) and applying it to technical occupations. This educational model is an alternative to college. A-DA recently received a $3.2 million grant to develop these technical apprenticeships. Your company can join San Diego’s regional effort to pilot new apprenticeship training in:
  • Information Technology.
  • Advanced Manufacturing.

Why Hire Apprentices?

Add to your company’s talent pool. Find an apprentice that meets your company’s need. We actively recruit individuals with disabilities, veterans and women for our apprenticeships.

Benefits to Employers

Employer wage subsidies are available to employers who hire apprentices. Different subsidies will be available at different times throughout the year depending on funding.  We have grant funds set aside for these subsidies and the San Diego Workforce Partnership will add additional dollars for subsidies to companies who employ apprentices from our regional workforce development funding (special requirements apply).   As an employer, you will be able to provide input on the requirements and training for the apprentices you hire.
  • Improve productivity and profitability
  • Participate in standardized training
  • Reduce turnover
  • Expand workforce diversity
  • Earn tax credits for hiring veterans.

Apprenticeship Testimonials

 “Finding and training dedicated workers is necessary to growing both a business and an economy.  As a proud Registered Apprenticeship member, UPS is committed to helping equip workers with necessary skills to contribute to that growth.” —Patrick O’Leary, Human Resources and Veterans Affairs Manager, United Parcel Service
“We will always maintain our apprenticeship program because we value our highly engaged, creative, and innovative people. We have seen triple digit return on our investment from our apprentice graduates even during difficult economic conditions.  Our people are the reason for our company’s success.”  —David R. Getty, Communications Manager, Oberg Industries

Apprenticeship Training Subsidies

Those employers who hire apprenticeship are eligible to apply for subsidies that will help offset the cost of training their new employee. We have two types of subsidies—some through the San Diego Workforce Partnership and some that will be paid directly from grant funds.
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership Subsidies
The subsidies from the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) will pay 50% of the first six months wages if they hire an eligible participant.  Most of A-DA’s apprentices will meet that eligibility criteria; however, it will need to be confirmed by SDWP who makes the payments.  For an apprentice who is employed full-time who is earning $14.00 per hour, the support totals $7,000. This cuts the cost to pay the apprentice to $$21,000 or $10.50 per hour for the first year. Note that each fiscal year, an amount is budgeted by SDWP and the funding is generally used up before the year ends. There will be times when these subsidies will not be available.  SDWP has policies and procedures regarding the application approval and billing processes that need to be followed. Pathways2Paychecks staff can assist you in getting approved for these training supports. Employers receiving these subsidies must commit to retaining the apprentice as a permanent employee.
  • Apprenticeship Grant Subsidies
A-DA has additional funding for employers—$3,000 per apprentice to compensate for the training costs. These subsidies reduce the cost per hour to $12.55 during the first year. These subsidy payments are also made after the apprentice has completed 1,040 hours and 2,080 hours.  An invoice procedure is in place to manage these payments. Employers receiving these grant funds are expected to retain the apprentice as a permanent employee.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC.  Tax Credits vary from $2,400 to $9,600 for hiring an employee in one of the target groups. Hiring a Veteran who has been unemployed for more than six months before hire by your company merits a $9,600 tax credit.  The links below provide more details.
  • WOTC Program Brochure
  • Video: An Introduction to WOTC
  • WOTC Tutorial: A Step-by-Step Guide for Employers
  • Employer’s Guide to the WOTC

To participate or receive additional information, please contact:

John Gentile
Business Services Manager
Phone: (619) 231-5990 Ext 309

Apprenticeship Employer Brochure

If you would like a copy of A-DA’s brochure, click HERE.