Get Involved

Business and Industry are vital partners in what our agency does.  There are many opportunities for businesses to be involved in our agency and there are many ways our agency can help Arkansas businesses. If you want to be involved or are needing assistance, please look at the topics below for more information.

I want to work with a client in a training experience.

The term “on-the-job training” (OJT) means training by an employer that is provided to a paid trainee while engaged in productive work.  This training will provide knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job. In determining the length of the training, consideration should be given to the skill requirements of the occupation, the academic and occupational skill level of the trainee, the prior work experience of the trainee, and the individualized plan for employment, as appropriate.

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What do other businesses say?

Your bottom line is our top priority. Profitability is driven by higher morale and employee engagement, which research has shown to be found in the inclusive culture of very successful companies. Employees with disabilities often have well-honed problem-solving skills and a degree of adaptability that are especially valuable in today’s fast-changing business environment.

Learn what a major national employer has to say about ARS business services

I need assistance in accommodating an employee with a disability.

Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW) staff is available to assist employers by identifying accommodations that work.  These “accommodation specialists” focus on what an employee can do or is capable of doing with the right accommodation.  By working hand-in-hand with the employer and employee, new or different ways of successfully performing work tasks can be identified either by adjusting how specific tasks are performed or introducing the use of different technologies or equipment to assist in task completion.  

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I want to know how businesses offset the cost of training incoming or incumbent workforce.

Companies are continually looking for ways to enhance their workforce in an effort to become more effective and efficient thus increasing revenue and profitability. One way to reduce the costs associated with upskilling your workforce would be to apply for a workforce training grant through the Office of Skills Development. A company that operates in the state of Arkansas can receive assistance with funding through the Office of Skills Development Workforce Training Grant Program. This program allows a company or organization to receive up to 75% of the costs associated with training its workforce to be reimbursed once the training has been completed. To learn more about this program please visit the . . .  

Office of Skills Development Workforce Training Grant Program