On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a “hire-first” program in which the employer enters into an agreement with an American Job Center to hire, train and retain a job seeker upon successful completion of the training program.  Through this program, the business may be reimbursed for up to 50% of the new employee’s wages and the extraordinary costs of the training.

How Does it Work?

OJT assists with the costs of training new employees.  It also provides access to a workforce with the skills necessary to sustain and grown their businesses and a regional economy.

  • Hands on training designed by the employer.
  • A payment to offset training costs.
  • An opportunity to train employees your way.
  • An investment in your company.

How Does OJT Work?

OJT provides employers with a way to have new employees gain specific skills and employment competencies.  This is accomplished through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs.

  • We match qualified applicants with approved job openings.
  • We design a training plan that meets your needs; you may be able to use an existing proprietary training plan.
  • You get reimbursed for the costs of training during the OJT period.

Qualifying OJT Applicants

  • Applicants who are pre-qualified by our office and referred to you, OR
  • Applicants you send to us for eligibility screening.  We’ll notify you if they qualify.

OJT is for businesses that

  • Operate year round.
  • Enjoy low employee turnover.
  • Pay an hourly wage or salary equal to or more than minimum wage
  • Realize the benefits of investing in their employees.
  • Employ any number of employees.

OJT Provides

  • Hands on training
  • Payment to offset training costs
  • Opportunity to train employees your way
  • Investment in your company

For more information, contact:
Demar Harris  Director of Programs Lake County Workforce Development
dharris@lakecountyil.gov
847.377.3423
Job Center of Lake County 1 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL 60085