On-The-Job-Training (OJT)

On-the-Job Training (OJT) helps offset the cost of hiring and training by reimbursing employers up to 50 percent of a new hire’s hourly wage for a maximum of 1,040 hours.

How does it work?

  • The position is regular, full-time with a minimum of 32 hours per week (not temporary or seasonal)
  • The position pays $13.09 or more per hour (wages may not be less than the current industry standard)
  • The employer develops a training or onboarding plan for the new hire
  • The employer agrees to retain the employee after successful completion of on-the-job training
  • Only hours worked on the job will be reimbursed (vacations, sick leave, etc. will not be reimbursed)
  • The employer gets reimbursed at the midpoint and/or completion point of training

What are some restrictions?

  • The company must have established operations in its current location for at least 120 days
  • The employer may not lay off and replace a current employee with a new hire enrolled in OJT

How do job seekers qualify?

Job seekers must provide the same information required for ITAs (see above). An America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) representative will determine the job seeker’s eligibility. An employer may request to check eligibility of a prospective new hire or an AJCC representative can refer a candidate to the employer.

For more information about OJT or to get started, please contact our Business Services Team at business@workforce.org.