Employers are key to the sustained growth of Hawaii’s economy.  WDD is proud to work with our local employers to help them meet their training and hiring needs. WDD helps employers find qualified workers, technical assistance, tuition subsidies, and variety of other services to meet their needs.


For contractors and employers, hiring qualified employees from officially approved, registered apprenticeship programs makes good business sense. By hiring apprentices from an officially approved and registered programs in the State of Hawai‘i, contractors and employers are guaranteed a highly skilled and competent workforce that produces consistent and quality results.

Business Support

HireNet Hawaiʻi 
Hirenet Hawaiʻi is designed with Hawaiʻi’s businesses in mind. Employers are able to post their job openings, search through resumes for possible candidates, access industry statistics and much more. Employers may also receive direct referrals from HireNet Hawaiʻi’s virtual recruiter to assure they get the best match for their positions. Most importantly, all of these services are available at not cost.

American Job Centers (AJCs) 
Services to businesses include job posting assistance, matching job seekers to your needs, tax incentive programs, and labor market information.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Employers may provide assistance in filing petitions for benefits and services for workers adversely affected by international trade.

Hire Heroes USA
Employment assistance is the #1 requested service from transitioning military members, and Hire Heroes USA provides that service to thousands each year. Through personalized service and support, we help veterans and military spouses get hired, and we help companies hire and retain them.

State Workforce Advisory Boards

These Boards advise the department on strategies for developing the industry workforce, including recommending projects and programs to promote the expansion and development of the industry.

Hiring Incentives

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The WOTC is a federal tax credit that employers can claim for investing in new employees who face barriers to employment as identified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal Bonding
As job seekers, everyone has the right to find a meaningful career path. However, some at-risk job seekers have great difficulty in finding meaningful employment. To help these job seekers find new careers, the Federal Bonding Program was implemented to provide additional peace of mind for employers when hiring these individuals.

HIRE Vets Medallion Award

From January 31st-April 30th, the U.S. DOL is accepting applications for the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award, to recognize employers that meet standards for excellence in recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans.