On-the-Job-Training

Program Description

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program offers reimbursement to employers who provide customized job training to participating employees. OJT Overview (PDF)

Employer benefits include:

  • Screened applicants
  • Reimbursement for up to 50 percent of a new employee's training wages for up to six months
  • A custom-trained, full-time employee

Employer Eligibility

You must have a Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN), a business in Utah and at least one employee, and you must be current with your state Unemployment Insurance Contribution taxes to participate. You must also:

  • Comply with all labor laws, including minimum wage requirements
  • Provide workers’ compensation or similar insurance to employees
  • Sign a training agreement with DWS before hiring an OJT employee
  • Plan to provide permanent employment after the training period

Job Seeker Eligibility

DWS must determine if job seekers are eligible before you hire them. Eligible applicants include:

  • Dislocated workers (those laid off from a previous position)
  • Economically disadvantaged workers who need to upgrade their skills
  • Workers entering the workforce for the first time


For additional information and to sign an agreement to participate, please visit the nearest DWS employment center and ask to speak to a DWS representative about the OJT program.

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