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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Padgett's Cleaning & Restoration

Workforce Challenge

It had become more difficult for Mary Padgett, owner of Padgett’s Cleaning & Restoration in Redlands, CA, to find qualified employees. Her newspaper advertisements and online job postings were unsuccessful in generating inquiries.

“For a small employer like me, it is not that simple to find entry-level workers,” she said. “Some of them do not have access to computers and many who do are overqualified.”

Workforce Solution

After posting her jobs through the county’s One-Stop Employment Resource Centers, a member of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team helped to pre-screen and identify qualified candidates.

“They handled the screening and sent me resumes and completed applications,” she said. “The Business Resource Team made it easy to find many qualified and motivated candidates.”

Also by participating in the On-the-Job Training program, which subsidizes the wages of trainees for a specific time period, Mary was able to afford hiring and training her new employees.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mary has hired four employees, one of whom has been promoted into accounts receivable.

“This program has given me the largest pool of qualified applicants that I’ve ever found,” she said. “They are essential to my business and I couldn’t operate without them.”

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