On-the-Job Training

OTJ for Businesses

What is the On-the-Job (OJT) Training Program?
OJT is a federally-funded program to help defray employers’ training costs when they hire qualified new employees and train them on the job.  Funding may also be available for employers to train existing workers when they are promoted to new jobs.

How much is the training reimbursement?
Employers are reimbursed at least 50% of the wages of the employees during the training period.  Depending on the funding source and the size of the company, small companies with one to fifty employees may receive up to 90% of the wages during the training period.

How long is the training?
The length of training depends on the skills required for the job.  It generally does not exceed 6 months.

How does the employer hire the worker?
Employers decide whom they want to hire and train.  Oahu WorkLinks can help find a qualified worker and refer her/him to the employer.  The worker can also be someone that the employer is already interested in hiring. The employer can refer her/him to Oahu WorkLinks to see if s/he qualifies for OJT.

Because there are several programs, Oahu WorkLinks can help the employer determine the eligibility qualifications of the worker.  It is usually someone who is laid off or unemployed.

What paperwork does the employer need to do?
The employer completes an Employer Data form as part of a pre-award survey, signs an OJT agreement (6 pages) and develops a training plan with the help of an Oahu WorkLinks Business Developer. This paperwork must be completed before a new employee starts working.

What types of positions are eligible for OJT?
Positions can range from entry level to professional and managerial.
High skill and high wage positions are targeted.
The position cannot be temporary.
The position cannot be used to displace current employees.

How long does this OJT process take?
An Oahu WorkLinks Business Developer will respond to an employer’s inquiry by the next business day. For a new employer, it depends on how long the employer takes to complete the pre-award survey, sign the agreement, and set up a training plan.  It also depends on how quickly a qualified worker can be hired for the job opening.  The average turnaround time is 2 to 3 weeks.

Where can I find our more information?
Click the link and visit the WorkLinks Website

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