Hiring Incentives

Our staff can help you navigate the world of tax credits, incentives and training opportunities.

Hiring Incentives:

On-boarding and training new workers can be expensive, especially if they need training to get them up to speed. OhioMeansJobs Marion County can help businesses by offsetting some of the costs related to training new workers.  We also have programs to update skills of existing workers.  All designed to assist employers improve their economic competitiveness.  All are locally administered, we have removed red tape. 

On-the-Job Training (OJT) - You Hire, You Train, We Pay

The On-the-Job Training training program is a very streamlined program and takes very little time to get in place.  We know new employees, even those who have worked in your industry, often require training to learn about your specific processes and products. Depending upon the position, this training might last a few weeks, or a few months. For new hires who are eligible, we can help offset the cost of training through an On-the-Job Training (OJT) reimbursement program. The reimbursement rate is 50% of the wages with a maximum reimbursement of $8,000 for a period up to six months. Positions may be required to pay a minimum wage of $13.00 per hour to promote self-sufficiency and financial independence. 


For additional information please contact:  Annette Walton, OhioMeansJobs Marion Business Services Representative, (740) 386-1076, Annette.Walton@jfs.ohio.gov

Incumbent Worker Training

The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program can help develop the skills of your employees.  Through the IWT program, we will reimburse at least 50% of the training costs.  We look forward to supporting training projects that will benefit local business and industry by assisting the skill development of existing employees, thereby averting layoff, increasing employee productivity and growth of the company, as well as keeping your business competitive and more profitable. For additional information please contact: Jason Lambert, Manager, OhioMeansJobs Marion (740) 386-1067, Jason.Lambert@jfs.ohio.gov 


By registering your business with ApprenticeOhio, you will have the opportunity to train your workforce while saving the money you need to keep your business running strong. Businesses gain access to a pool of workers who have been trained to industry specifications at a reasonable cost and apprentices are able to earn a living as they train for high-quality, reliable employment and a rewarding career.

Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Qualifying businesses that hire people from 12 targeted groups, which have faced employment challenges, can access the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This federal tax credit is an incentive, which is designed to help specific groups of people find employment, achieve self-sufficiency and cut employer income tax liability. Target groups for the WOTC include:

  • Recipients of certain types of public assistance
  • Those who have completed/will soon complete rehabilitative programs
  • Veterans

For each new eligible hire, the maximum credit available under WOTC is $9,600. Previous employees of the employer cannot be rehired through the WOTC program. Also, businesses may not receive the WOTC tax credit for a dependent or relative of the business owner.  View More information on the Work Opportunity Tax Credits Program

Federal Bonding Program For Ex-Offenders

Consider hiring an ex-offender and giving them a second chance. To address some of your concerns and potential risks, this program provides a $5000 hiring incentive to employers who hire eligible ex-offenders. View More Information on the Federal Bonding Program.

For more information on any of the services listed above please contact:  Annette Walton, OhioMeansJobs Marion Business Services Representative, (740) 386-1076, Annette.Walton@jfs.ohio.gov