On-The-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides unique opportunities for participants who already possess some job-related skills and the knowledge to "learn as they earn". By participating in training as an employee, the participant not only acquires new skills and knowledge, but also receives the same wages and benefits as current employees in same or similar positions. The employer benefits by being reimbursed for part of the participant’s wages during the training period, while having the services of a full-time employee.

Eligible participants are those who, as determined by the Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board (Board), have not been earning a self-sufficient wage. Eligible employers must commit to hiring and retaining participants who successfully complete their training programs. Employers who have exhibited a pattern of not retaining participants are not allowed to continue participating in these types of training. The actual terms and duration of the training activities are formalized contractually after negotiations between the employer and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Overview

  • OJT focuses on jobs involving the introduction of new technologies, production or service procedures; upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills or workplace literacy; or other appropriate purposes identified by the Board.
  • The employer can be in the public, private non-profit or private sector.
  • OJT provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
  • The employer is reimbursed up to 50 percent of the wage rate of the individual for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and increased supervision related to the training.
  • OJT is limited in duration based upon the target occupation for which the participant is being trained, the participant’s prior work experience and the service strategy.

For more information about On-The-Job Training, contact your local Business Services Representative.