On-the-Job-Training (OJT) is customized job related training provided by an employer in the public, private or nonprofit sector. OJT provides reimbursement to the employer for up to 50 percent of the wage rate of the participant during training. The reimbursement is to help with the costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training. The training contract length will be negotiated prior to the hire and will not exceed six months. This provides the employer with a “custom trained” full-time employee at a reduced cost, and helps the trainee succeed in a new career.
This training program has been designed to increase specific job-related skills by providing the trainee with training and work experience in a chosen occupation—and thereby increase the trainee’s potential for future work opportunities and earnings.
Benefits to Participating Employers
- Obtain employees that you can train in the methods of your company.
- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will reimburse you up to 50% of the wages paid to the trainee during the training period.
- DWS will screen applicants for you, using the criteria you provide, and refer potential employees to you for your final interview and selection.
- The reimbursement will help to offset the expenses incurred during the period the new employee is being trained.
Employers Eligibility Requirements
- To be an eligible employer, you must have a physical location in Utah, have at least one employee and be current in payment of Unemployment Insurance/Contribution taxes to the state of Utah. You must provide your IRS Employer Identification Number and comply with all labor laws including wage and hour, and health and safety. You also must have Workers Compensation or similar insurance for your employees.
- Your intent is to provide permanent employment and to maintain hours and wages beyond the agreement period.
Job Seeker Eligibility Requirements
- Only selected job seekers that meet certain eligibility criteria qualify for this training incentive. DWS will need to determine eligibility prior to employer hiring the individual.
- The eligibility of the potential employee is determined by DWS according to state and federal law. Types of applicants that are eligible include dislocated workers (those laid off from a previous position), economically disadvantaged workers who need to upgrade their skills, and workers entering the workforce for the first time.
Next Steps to Participate
- Participating employers must sign an agreement with DWS before hiring OJT employee.
- For additional information and to sign a contract to participate, please contact the nearest DWS Employment Center and ask to speak to a DWS representative about the OJT program. Employment Center locations are available at jobs.utah.gov/regions/ec.html