Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board Fact Sheet: On-The-Job Training





  1. What is On-The-Job Training?

The term "on-the-job training" or "OJT" means training by an employer that is provided to a paid trainee while engaged in productive work in a job that:

    1. Provides knowledge or skills essential to the full or adequate performance of the job;
    2. Provides reimbursement to the employer of up to 50 percent of the wage rate of the trainee, for extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training; and
    3. Is limited in duration as appropriate to the occupation for which the participant is being trained, taking into account the content of the training, the prior work experience of the trainee, and the individual employment plan of the trainee.

    2.  What are the requirements for on-the-job training contracts?

The requirements for on-the-job training contracts are as follows:

    1. On-the-job training is provided under a contract with an employer in the public, private non-profit, or private sector. Through the OJT contract, occupational training is provided for the trainee in exchange for reimbursement of up to 50 percent of the wage rate to compensate for the employer’s extraordinary costs;
    2. Contracts will not be executed with an employer who has exhibited a pattern of failing to provide OJT participants with continued long-term employment with wages, benefits, and working conditions that are equal to those provided to regular employees who have worked a similar length of time and are doing the same type of work.

    3.  What are the requirements for OJT contracts for employed workers?

OJT contracts may be written for employed workers when:

    1. The employee is not earning a self-sufficient wage as determined by the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board (WIB) (i.e. $40.00 per hour or less, except when funded by a statewide grant);
    2. The requirements of 1, 2, and 3 above are met; and
    3. The OJT relates to the introduction of new technologies, introduction to new production or service procedures, upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills, workplace literacy, or other appropriate purposes identified by the WIB.