Funding Available for Training

On-the-job Training (OJT)

You Hire - You Train - We Pay

On the Job Training (OJT) is a method of providing individualized occupational skills training for Dislocated Workers and WIA eligible customers. OJT’s objective is to assist businesses to provide training in demand occupations that meet the needs of the employer. The goal of the OJT program is to place participants in occupations that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment. OJT involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs.

It is a “hire-first” program in which the employer, either public or private, enters into an agreement with OhioMeansJobs | Montgomery County to hire, train, and retain the individual upon successful completion of the training program. Through this program, businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employee’s wages while they are in training (up to 6 months).

Quick Facts about OJT:

  • Participants receive no less than the State minimum wage
  • Training participants must meet WIA eligibility criteria
  • Employers must be established businesses with workers compensation insurance
  • Participating employers receive a reimbursement to cover the extraordinary costs of training and supervision as well as to compensate for expected lower productivity of the trainee vs. a more experienced employee

Employer Benefits:

  • Monthly reimbursement up to 50% of trainee's hourly wage
  • Employer makes all hiring decisions
  • Tailored training
  • Employers save recruiting, screening and training costs
  • Length of training is negotiable
  • OJT trainees are treated like regular employees
  • Quick approval time

Read how OJT helped Renegade Materials Inc. find skilled workers who could transfer what they already knew to the demands of Renegade's high-tech environment.

Read how OJT helped Precision Gage & Tool Co.

Read how OJT helped AFC Tool Co.

WIA Incumbent Worker Training

This program provides customized employee training for existing businesses. The Incumbent Worker Training Program is designed to benefit businesses and industries by assisting in the skills development of existing workers and thus increasing employee productivity and encouraging the permanency and growth of the business. Employees participating in the program receive skill upgrade training.

Customized Training

Customized Training is specialized training designed to meet the needs of employers and employees and could be delivered through a variety of training methods such as OJT, Individual Training Accounts, Classroom Training, or other means appropriate to the employer. Customized Training may be used either for new hires or for current employees requiring advanced skills training. Either the employer or another training agency may conduct training. All trainees, whether new hires or employed workers, must be determined to be in need of training services and must meet WIA eligibility criteria. The process for Customized Training is very similar to OJT; however, reimbursement is provided for only participants completing the training.

For further information on any of the above training programs, please contact:

Employer Hotline
(937) 225-6444
THEJOBBANK@odjfs.state.oh.us