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What is Expanded Subsidized Employment?

Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) helps reduce the costs associated with identifying, hiring and on-boarding employees. ESE reimburses companies up to 100 percent of the wages of a new hire in the first 180 days of employment. Subsidized Employment is a two tier program that includes expanded work experience and subsidized employment opportunities for eligible participants. The primary goal of the program is to provide immediate source of income for low-income families. This short-term opportunity may lead to future long-term unsubsidized employment and self-sufficiency.


Eligibility is based on 3 factors:

● CalWORKs eligibility
● Welfare-to-Work Participation
● Job readiness

How to apply?

Welfare-to-Work participants have to contact their CalWORKs case worker and request a referral to the expanded subsidized employment program. Participant’s case worker and ESE provider will evaluate participant’s job readiness, experience, and job skills to determine proper placement for expanded subsidized employment


Services Offered
● Receive earnings while participating in on-the-job-training
● Obtain job skills and valuable experience in a work place
● Up-to a year of placement
● Full time employment

Supportive Services
● Child care Expenses
● Clothing Allowance
● Transportation Assistance
● Car Repairs

Possible ESE outcomes
● Valuable job experience
● Employment
● On site job placement


How do employers get started?

Contact Us at ajccsbc@cosb.us