At Southwest Training Services, Inc., we are eager to help local employers attract and retain workers. If you have positions to fill, please call or stop by to find out how we can help you.

Services for employers include:

  • recruitment from a diverse pool of job-ready candidates;Whether you are a small business or large company we can help you attract and retain good employees while avoiding the high cost of employee turnover.
  • assessment (screening and testing) of applicants
  • assistance with registration into the on-line PA CareerLink system
  • information about the state’s Rapid Response program for employers anticipating layoffs;
  • information about subsidized training and employer tax credits.
  • on-the -job training funds (policy for the Southwest Corner WIA)

Rapid Response

If your company is anticipating a layoff, the Governor’s office and local officials have developed a system to assist workers in finding new jobs or obtaining training for new careers.

The Rapid Response team will work with you, the employer, to customize a program of services to meet the needs of your company’s affected workforce. Information on job search assistance, employment and/or training opportunities, financial planning, enrollment into the PA CareerLink system, etc. will be made available.

Employers should contact the Rapid Response team as soon as possible is a layoff is anticipated. The regional Rapid Response representative for the Southwest Corner of Pennsylvania is Chester Lampman

Tax Credits and Incentives

Southwest Training Services, Inc. can help employers access a range of state and federal tax credit and incentive programs, including:

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), created by the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 and extended by the Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007, is available to employers who hire persons who have been deemed to have barriers to employment. This tax credit is in effect for new hires starting before September 1, 2011. New hires must work a minimum of 120 hours. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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created two new target groups for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit: disconnected youths; and unemployed veterans. To accommodate these new target groups, the two forms that employers must submit to request this tax credit, the IRS Form 8850 and the ETA 9061, as well as the instructions for the IRS Form 8850, have recently been revised.

The Disabled Access Tax Credit (Title 26, IRS Code, Section 44)

The Disabled Access Tax Credit (Title 26, IRS Code, Section 44) is available to small businesses that employ persons with disabilities and incur expenditures to comply with the American Disabilities Act. To be eligible, the business must have either $1 million or less in gross receipts for the preceding tax year; or 30 or fewer full time employees during the preceding tax year. The tax credit covers 50% of “eligible access expenditures” that exceed $250, but do not exceed $10,250 for a taxable year, including: removal of architectural, communication, physical, or transportation barriers that prevent a business from being accessible to, or usable by, individuals with disabilities; provision of qualified readers, taped texts, and other effective methods of making materials accessible to people with visual impairments; provision of qualified interpreters or other effective methods of making orally delivered materials available to individuals with hearing impairments; and acquisition or modification of equipment or devices for individuals with disabilities, or provision of other similar services, modifications, materials, or equipment.

For more information, consult the PA Workforce website: or Contact:


Our partnership with Southwest Training Services, Inc. has been an excellent business opportunity. While working with their knowledgeable staff, we launched a new recruitment assessment process. This method proved to be both effective and productive since it enabled us to place the right candidate in the right job while simultaneously lowering our turnover rate. Southwest Training Services, Inc. has consistently been there for us from initial advertising to the new hire’s first day on the job. Most recently, SWTS introduced us to cost-cutting programs that allowed us to receive tax credits for our training programs. Because of their direct and positive impact in helping us to meet our business needs, we plan to continue working with Southwest Training Services, Inc. staff and all of the other partner agencies at the PA CareerLink Washington County. Thanks again.

Human Resource DepartmentAll-Clad Metalcrafters

Miller Plastics has worked with Southwest Training to help staff our new state of the art facility located in Starpointe. We specialize in the fabrication of all precision machined plastic components. We have utilized the services of Southwest Training to assist us in finding qualified employees.

Miller Plastics

We here at INDUSTRIAL GASKET & SHIM CO., INC. have been using Southwest Training Services, Inc. for many years with excellent results. We feel that this service is one of the most useful programs in the state, matching up displaced workers with good jobs in their area. I believe that the organization does a very good job of linking potential candidates with our job requirements. This allows us to choose personnel who fit into our training programs. Nearly all of these trainees have now become full time employees here at IGS. We plan to continue our relationship and would not hesitate to recommend Southwest Training Services to other employers.

Michael W. WrightIndustrial Gasket & Shim Co., INC.

As a newly established employer in the U.S., we at APEX NORTH AMERICA have found the services offered by Southwest Training Services, Inc. to be invaluable in our recruitment of skilled workers. We have always found them to be very prompt and helpful in assisting us to quickly locate suitable candidates to fill our vacancies. They make the recruitment process easy and we have regular follow ups from their representatives to ensure we are satisfied with the placement. Over half of our new employees have been located via the schemes offered by Southwest Training Services and they have saved our company a considerable amount of money during our first year of operation. I would like to thank and congratulate the team at Southwest Training Services for their excellent work and look forward to working with them in the coming years. We will continue to use them whenever we need new personnel and would not hesitate to recommend their services to other employers.

David ParrGeneral Manager, APEX North America