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Subsidize The Cost Of Hiring

Build the staff you need and get help doing it. You have options to help offset the cost of hiring new people. Give your company the competitive advantage it needs by taking part in these business growth programs.

New Registered Apprentice Tax Credit

Employers of apprentices in healthcare, manufacturing and technology sectors may be eligible for tax credits of up to $4,800 per apprentice via the Registered Apprentice Tax Credit (RATC) program. You can complete the application online or download it to your computer and send it by email. You should hear back on whether you’ve been approved for a tax credit within 45 days of submitting the RATC application.
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On The Job Training

The On-the-job-training program reinburses a percentage of the new employee’s wages during training. Funded through the Federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), the OJT program is administered through Massachusetts’ MassHire Career Centers.

  • The OJT Program is a cost-effective way to staff positions with job-ready, pre-screened applicants
  • YOU interview.
  • YOU make the hiring decisions

Learn more by contacting:

Quentin Murray: (413) 858-2854  qmurray@masshirespringfield.org

Yolanda Ruiz-Klopfer: (413) 322-7186 yruiz@masshireholyoke.org 

MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board

The MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board is committed  to taking a leadership role in integrating workforce development with initiatives that support business growth and success, and that enhance the skills of new/incumbent workers, leading to family economic self-sufficiency. One way to achieve that goal is to promote sectoral training initiatives in high growth industries which utilize a career ladder approach to provide upgraded skills, increased salary and career advancement for new/incumbent workers. Learn more of what we have to offer here.

Workforce Training Fund

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program is a state program, financed by Massachusetts businesses, for the purpose of providing resources to employers to better train Massachusetts workers. The priorities of the fund include projects which will result in:

  • Increased job retention or job growth
  • Increased wages/make more productive companies
  • More competitive companies
  • Improved ability to do business in Massachusetts


FAQs For General Program.

FAQs For Express Program.

Learn more from Robert Duncan rduncan@commcorp.org

Work Opportunity Tax Credit


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.


The tax credit employers can claim depends upon the target group of the individual hired, the wages paid to that individual in the first year of employment, and the number of hours that individual worked. There is also a maximum tax credit that can be earned.


  • Veterans
  • TANF Recipients
  • SNAP (Food Stamp) Recipients
  • Designated Community Residents (living in Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referral
  • Ex-felons
  • Supplemental Security Income Recipients
  • Summer Youth Employee (living in Empowerment Zones)

More WOTC information.

File for a tax credit in Massachusetts.

WOTC For Non-Massachusetts Based Companies.