On-the-Job Training


On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train workers for full-time, long term employment. Full-time employment is considered 32 hours per week. Through OJT programs, employers may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the wages earned by eligible new trainees while they learn the job. This funding compensates you for training workers in skills they need to help your business thrive.

The goal is to place participants into in-demand occupations that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment while meeting needs of the employer. OJT involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs.  PLEASE NOTE:  The OJT needs to be in place BEFORE the employee’s first day of employment.   

-Hands on training done your way-An investment in your company
-Minimal paperwork (95% completed by OMJ staff)-Employer makes all the hiring decisions
-Very quick approval time


An OJT agreement must be developed before new employees are hired. Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Total reimbursement cannot exceed $8,000, and the length of the training period cannot exceed six months. 

STEP 1:  Register Your Company:  You will need to register your company on OhioMeansJobs.com , we can assist with the registration.  If your company has participated in an OJT before, please skip to STEP 2.

STEP 2:  Recruit Your Employee:  Employers can self-recruit or utilize our free recruiting services. Once selected, notify our office by emailing the OJT screening sheet with the candidate's contact information. We will follow up with your candidate immediately so that we can notify you if the person is eligible.  

STEP 3:  Your Approved Employee: Once you are notified that your employee is eligible, we will work with you to create the OJT Agreement and Training Plan to begin the enrollment process for your employee. We just need to get your signature along with the employee... and we can get this finished immediately. 

STEP 4:  Begin Training & Get Paid:  Once the OJT application is approved, begin training your new hire "on-the-job".  Our Business Service Representative will send you a reminder when it is time to get reimbursed.  

Please keep in mind:

-Employers must have the OJT paperwork in place before the employee’s first day of work.

-Employers must offer the same treatment and compensation for workers in OJT as workers in the same or similar positions.

-Employers must not have laid off workers from the same/similar positions, and may not use OJT to displace current workers or reduce their hours, wages or benefits.

Please Contact Annette Walton if you have any questions:  Annette.Walton@jfs.ohio.gov or call (740) 386-1076.