On-the -Job Training (OJT)

Employers can be reimbursed for up to 75% of on the job training wages.

OJT is a concept that has been in existence since the early 1970’s.  Eligible individuals are hired by the company, provided the training detailed in a contract and the company is reimbursed on a percentage of the basic, straight time beginning wage for a specific training period.  The training time is adjusted according to the nature of the job and the skills and knowledge that the trainee brings to the position.

It is important that no one be hired before a contract is in place.

The occupation being trained for must be on a State of Illinois list of high growth jobs and pay at least $11.44 per hour.

The reimbursement rate changes according to the size of the employer’s workforce as follows:

1)      50% for employers with more than 150 employees;

2)      65% for employers with 51 to 150 employees; and

3)      75%, for employers with 1-50 employees.

Responsibilities of the employer are to supervise, train and submit a monthly time record on a Career Link timesheet.

The trainee is to be afforded the same benefits as all other similarly situated employees.

Employers have been very satisfied with this easy, simple and mutually benefiting program.

Career Link has been providing training assistance to eligible residents of this area since 1975.  Funds are provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act administered by the federal Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Commerce.

For more information, contact Norm Griffin at 309-321-0255 or ngriffin@careerlink16.com or Dona Nanney at 309-807-1375 or dnanney@careerlink16.com. 

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