Contra Costa County’s Subsidized Worker Program

CCWORKS, a component of the CalWORKs/Welfare to Work program, is an employment program that is highly successful and provides employment training, subsidized work experience, childcare, and supportive services for CalWORKs jobseekers.

This program is designed to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities, which will ultimately lead them to self-sufficiency and independence.

CCWORKS provides a substantial wage subsidy to employers who hire eligible jobseekers for full or part time positions throughout Contra Costa County. Participating CCWORKS employers may qualify to receive wage subsidies equal to California state minimum wage.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

We can save you time and money by pre-screening applicants to meet your specific needs. CCWORKS takes pride in doing whatever it takes to connect businesses like yours with individuals who are ready, willing and able to work.

Due to COVID-19 all participant and business intake is being done remotely. All meetings and correspondence are conducted via phone and internet. Resources may be available to help support remote work activities of our participants.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of jobseeker is placed through CCWORKS?

Individuals who have the basic skills, but lack sufficient work experience to meet employer requirements, may be placed in a job placement with your agency.  Through a CCWORKS contract, the employer agrees to provide the participant with on-the-job work experience and training in exchange for a wage subsidy. CCWORKS positions are expected to result in permanent employment. The employer must pay the participant a wage comparable to regular employees in similarly classified positions.

My business is located outside of Contra Costa County, but I am willing to hire CCWORKS job seekers. Can I participate?

Yes! Please contact us.

Do I have the opportunity to interview and select the employee?

Yes. We send pre-screened candidates, and your agency will select and hire the candidate of your choice.

To participate in CCWORKS, what will my business need?
  • Send CCWORKS an Employment Request Form
  • Sign a worksite agreement with CCWORKS
  • Hire CCWORKS employee using your regular hiring process
  • Business license and Workers Compensation are a requirement
Who handles the CCWORKS employees’ payroll?

 Subsidized employees are hired by the employer; the employer handles payroll and federal and state deductions.

How many hours are the CCWORKS employees expected to work?

Positions can range from 20 to 40 hours per week.

Can CCWORKS employees be paid on commission?

Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse commission based wages. While we are only able to reimburse on base wages, if you pay a base wage plus commission you can still participate in the program.


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