On-the-job training

Federal on-the-job training program provides training and employment

OJT, or On The Job Training, is a program of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that provides employment for those who might not otherwise qualify for a job, including ex-offenders. It also teaches them the skills necessary to perform that job.

The participants are treated as a regular employee and paid the same wages and offered the same benefits as those who are at an equal level in the company, government agency or nonprofit organization where they are working. The only difference is that they undergo training, which may be given by a company employee and can last from four weeks to six months.

During the training period, participants’ wages are partially paid by federal funds, which are sometimes augmented by state or private funding. The goal is permanent employment for the employee after successfully completing the training.

OJT jobs can be in the public, private or nonprofit sector. They can encompass a wide array of types of employment opportunities, including carpentry, ironwork, warehouse work, office work, construction equipment operation (bulldozer, crane, etc.) truck driving, HVAC and electrical work, among others.

If you are interested in participating in the OJT program visit your local American Job Center (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) to see if you qualify. If you do, they can match you with an employer who is participating in the program or send you to a nonprofit organization that may be administering the OJT program in your area. If for some reason your local AJC doesn’t know about the OJT program, contact your local Workforce Development Board.