San Diego Employer Forum Introduces Business to Skilled Workforce Ready to Work

Thursday is the deadline to register for the upcoming San Diego Employer Forum hosted by the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) to educate businesses about opportunities to help meet workforce needs.

CALPIA trains approximately 8,000 offenders per year in service, manufacturing and agricultural industries in California’s penal institutions. CALPIA is self-supporting and has some of the lowest recidivism rates in the county.

The forum, on Friday, September 1, is a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County Probation, California Workforce Development Board, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and Second Chance.

Speakers at the forum will include CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan, San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore and Andrew Picard, director of programs for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, as well as other local and state leaders and business owners.

For Business Attendees

Did you know as an employer, if you hire an ex-felon, you may be eligible for tax credits?

  • The U.S. Department of Labor 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. You will learn about this at the forum!

Other benefits of attending this forum include:

  • Discovering Fidelity bonding options that protect your assets and learning how to reduce training and recruitment costs.
  • Networking with business and community leaders and hearing from employers who have benefited from this skilled workforce.

For more information view the event flyer or to register, email iep@calpia.ca.gov or call (877) 276-7290.