Training Grants and Recruiting Assistance for Businesses — CareerSource CLM

Training Grants and Recruiting Assistance for Businesses

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion can help you strengthen your workforce with a variety of training grants and programs for businesses.

Custom Business Training (CBT)


  • Provides employees with new skills important to the success of your business
  • Training may be for a single employee or group of employees
  • Covers up to 50 percent of out-of-pocket costs to train current employees
  • Flexibility to choose your own trainer and curriculum (or training course)


  • Must be a private or for-profit business
  • Employee(s) must make less than $52,000 annually or $25 per hour
  • Employee(s) must have been employed for a minimum of six months
  • Training can be up to 12 months in length
  • Training must result in a certification, credential, CEU (Continuing Educational Unit), or a nationally recognized industry standard

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion OJT funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to private, for-profit businesses in the following targeted industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology/Software Development
  • Business and Professional Services

Reimbursement is between 50 to 75 percent based on the individual selected, the length of training based on your new employee’s skills and experience relative to your OJT position. In addition to wages, an OJT may also cover other costs associated with hiring new employees, such as equipment, uniforms and background checks. Determination is based on the candidate selected and the percent of wage reimbursement.

Paid Internship and Work Experience Trainee Programs

CareerSource CLM’s paid internship/work experience trainee programs offer businesses the opportunity to try out potential employees at our cost. Our paid internship/work experience program identifies individuals who are coming out of training, or individuals who may lack experience in certain areas. The program pays individuals to work 20 to 40 hours a week for up to 12 weeks or 360 hours at your place of business. Wages, worker’s compensation and other related payroll costs are paid by CareerSource CLM so that businesses are not liable for payroll, taxes, worker’s compensation or any other related costs.

  • Internships are for area postsecondary students or recent graduates with technical training, but little or no experience.
  • Work Experience focuses on career seekers who have work experience but whose job-specific skills need updating.

Selecting and training an intern/work experience trainee allows businesses to train, observe and develop the trainee. By the end of the program, businesses can gain a valuable new asset for their organization by offering interns/trainees full-time employment.

Hiring Events, Job Fairs and Career Fairs

Hiring events are customized to fill individual businesses’ immediate recruiting needs and can be held at one of our Career Centers, the business workplace or an alternate site. Job fairs are a fast, efficient and effective way multiple businesses can meet with hundreds of career seekers in once place on one day. Career fairs  are smaller, more casual hiring events dedicated to an industry or specific sector.

Logistics, promotion and staff-support provided at no charge.

Skills Assessments (Prove It!)

With more than 1,200 validated occupation and job-specific pre-employment tools available, Prove It! is one of the most versatile assessments available. Find out if your applicant skills are up-to-date by having them complete assessments that demonstrate they have the skills needed for your position. Test scores and results can be provided to you as soon as the applicant has completed their assessment(s).  These results can help you determine if the applicant has the skills needed for your position, and/or if your current employees need additional training.  We also offer customization of assessments for your needs. Microsoft Office tutorials and Practice Typing tests are available, as well as hundreds of assessment for clerical, software, technical, call center, industrial, financial, legal, medical and more.  All of these assessments are part of our value added services to businesses at no charge. 

Contact a member of our Business Development team for more information on how to take advantage of these assessments.

Other Grant Programs

CareerSource CLM has been a leader in acquiring state and federal grants. Over the past five years, we have acquired more than $6 million in grant funding to serve area workforce needs. Our team identifies gaps in the workforce talent pipeline and develops strategic grants to fill those current and projected needs. 

Contact Us

To learn about these incentive opportunities, please contact a member of our Business Development team at (352) 873-7955 or 800-746-9950.

For information about additional financial incentives, please visit CareerSource Florida. To post jobs or view Labor Market Information, check out Employ Florida.

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