On-the-Job Training (OJT)
The OJT program helps unemployed
individuals re-enter the workforce by
providing an incentive to businesses to
hire and train them in a full-time skilled
or semi-skilled occupation. The OJT
program matches businesses with qualified
individuals who are eager to work, but
need the specialized training only a
business can supply. In OJT
programs, the business agrees to hire a
worker and provide competency based
training to the worker in exchange for a
reimbursement from the government of up to
90 percent of the trainee’s starting wage
for a specified period needed by the
trainee to master the required
occupational skill sets.
The three major types of OJT are:
- State-level OJT through 11/01/2010, unless extended
- National Emergency Grant OJT
- Green Jobs Green NY OJT
- Private businesses both profit and nonprofit, with a site in New York State that has operated for at least three months may participate.
- Small businesses are included.
- Businesses must commit to hiring State residents for New York State based jobs.
- The intention in hiring is for the newly hired employee to remain employed with the business upon completion of the OJT.
- The business must be offering a job opportunity for full-time employment (defined as 35 hours or more per week) in New York State paying a minimum of $10.00/hour.
- The length of the subsidized training program can not exceed 6 months.
- Intermittent, part-time (less than 35 hours per week) and seasonal occupations are prohibited.
- Occupations that are based upon commission, tips or bonuses as the primary source of income are prohibited.
- Eligible trainees are dislocated workers (per the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act definition) and the long term unemployed persons from the NYS Department of Labor talent pool.
- Unemployed veterans, returning military service members and their qualifying spouses will be given preference.
- Participants may not start
training without prior approval.
NYS Department of Labor