On the Job Training (OJT)

What is On-the-Job Training?

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a formal training program that helps an employer hire an individual and teach the skills needed to perform at the entry level for the position. OJT is a hire-first program; the trainee is an actual employee for a company that has agreed to provide the training. During the course of the OJT, the trainee must be treated as a regular employee and should receive wages and benefits at the same level as similarly employed workers.

Who is eligible?

A candidate for OJT is screened by the EMDC Workforce Development Program based on his/her eligibility. An assessment process is used to confirm that each trainee has a need for the training that is to be provided and has the capability to benefit from the training. The decision to assign a participant to OJT is based on consideration of the individual’s employability skills, interests, and other factors.

Not all jobs are appropriate for OJT. Because training is the emphasis of the program, jobs that require no more than a brief initial orientation period are not eligible. Additionally, seasonal and temporary jobs as well as jobs that pay by commission or piecework are not considered.

How does OJT work?

EMDC will contract with an approved employer and provide the employer with a partial wage reimbursement, generally up to 50% of the wage, for an agreed-upon training period in exchange for the provision of training by the employer and a commitment to retain the individual when the training is successfully completed.

EMDC limits the training duration to not less than four-weeks and not more than 26-weeks. The actual length of training will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information

If you are interested in learning more about how OJT may assist your company, please contact us by phone at (207) 561-4044 or via email at workforce@emdc.org.