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What is On-the-Job Training?

On-the-Job Training (OJT) reimburses you, the employer, a percentage of a new full-time employee’s hourly wage to offset the cost of supervising and training the employee to perform their essential job functions.

The reimbursement rate during the training period can range from 50% – 90% depending on the size of your workforce and funding availability.  The training period is based upon the skill level requirements of the job and experience of the job candidate.

This is great opportunity for you to train a new employee to meet your specific requirements and receive a wage reimbursement for the training you provide.

Benefits to the Employer

    • You maintain control over all hiring decisions.
    • The option to receive direct reimbursement for training a new hire expands your candidate pool.
    • Our staff works with you to design a customized training plan to meet your specific needs.
    • Our staff maintains contact with both you and the trainee to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
    • Saved time in recruitment and hiring process.
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We Make the OJT Process Easy

Our staff can assist you through the entire hiring process required for your job candidate to start work.

    • Create a free job posting on the PA CareerLink® JobGateway system at www.jobgateway.pa.gov.
    • Complete an employer OJT Pre-application.
    • Contact our staff to determine your job candidate’s eligibility for the program, or request referrals from our pool of job seekers.
    • Work with our staff to develop a customized training plan.
    • Submit a monthly trainee evaluation and invoice for reimbursement.

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC)

WOTC is a Federal tax credit incentive provided to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from twelve target groups who have barriers to employment.  The WOTC reduces an employer’s cost of doing business and requires little paperwork. Applications can be submitted electronically through your employer folder.  If you have any questions, please contact Tax Credit Coordination Services at 1-800-345-2555.

 

Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program is an incentive to employers to hire “at-risk,” hard-to place job seekers and may provide an employer a business insurance policy that protects an employer against loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. The bond is good for six months for the amount of $5,000 at no cost.  To request a Federal Bond, the employer must call the PA State Bonding Coordinator at 1-800-345-2555, on the new employee’s start date.