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Workforce Investment Act helps displaced and economically disadvantaged workers get jobs and, if appropriate, provides training for in-demand occupations through NH Works offices around the state. Activities to assist the unemployed are help with resume writing, interviewing and assessment of previous abilities and skill levels to match the customer with an appropriate occupational goal.

Our WIA employment counselors work with individuals who are 18 and older and meet program guidelines, and they may be able to provide you with: Individualized employment plans; vocational and career assessments; support services such as day care or transportation; skills and educational services; and On-the-job training

Employers are encouraged to contact us about the WIA's On-the-Job Training Program. Eligible employers can be reimbursed for up to 50% of wages.

Qualification Guidelines: There are 3 eligibility categories: Economically disadvantaged, laid off workes collecting unemployment; or laid off workers from companies that receive State Rapid Response Services. Please call your nearest Workforce Investment Act counselor to make an appointment to learn if you are eligible for the program. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In Strafford County, call the Somersworth office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 603-742-3600 or 603-460-4237 ext. 8195

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Workforce Development Contact

Michelle Hart, Workforce Development Coordinator

Office: 603-516-8130 ext. 8195

LauraKate Dickstein, Employment Counselor

Office: 603-742-3600
NH WORKS Somersworth Office
243 Route 108
Somersworth, NH 03878-1512

Workforce Development Testimonial

Donald, 50, was laid off from his job at Thompson Center Arms where he worked in a customer service position for 10 years. Donald came to the WIA program and received free tuition assistance to attend PC support training at a local provider. He is now employed at a higher wage as a technical support representative at a local company.

Heather worked at a local university in the dining services department before being laid off. She had limited previous work experience as she had been a stay-at-home mom before taking this position. Heather attended WIA-funded training and was then hired for a customer service job in a professional environment with a secure future.