On the Job Training
New Jersey businesses may be eligible for an On-the-Job Training (OJT) wage reimbursement program through the New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD). This government initiative is made available through the Atlantic Cape May Office of Workforce Development, Training and NJ Youth Corps to encourage business expansion and job development while providing eligible New Jersey workers with on-the-job training and employment. Funding is generally provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other federal, state and local resources.
- What is an OJT?
- Why Participate?
- What is a wage reimbursement?
- What are the requirements for participation?
- What types of programs are offered?
- Employer Eligibility and Candidate Selection
1. What is an OJT?
The term “on the job training” means supervised paid training that takes place on your worksite and allows individuals to build and upgrade skills and employment competencies. OJT programs offer financial incentives to employers that hire, train and retain applicants after a training period.
- Recruit candidates from a large pool of candidates.
- Selected candidates shall be screened and required to take skills-based assessments, which are based on the employer identified job titles and descriptions.
- Snap-shot of the employees’ ability to perform on the job during a training period.
- Eligibility for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program, which provides tax breaks for retaining employees at the conclusion of the OJT program.
- These programs have a proven track record of meeting the needs of both employers and applicants.
3. What is a wage reimbursement?
Employers that hire an eligible worker and agree to train her/him may be eligible to receive reimbursement of gross wages for a specific time period to be determined, depending on the occupation title.
4. What are the requirements for employer participation?
Any employer deemed eligible may participate, including: private-for-profit, private non-profit agencies, organizations, corporate bodies or public entity non-sectarian, public educational institutions. This program may not be utilized as a salary subsidy or to replace individuals laid off due to closing, relocations or any other discontinuance of operations.
Program A: Employers are eligible for up to a $4,000 wage reimbursement for a specific occupational title over a
period of time. Program Eligibility Screening Form
Program B: Employers are eligible to collect up to 100% of the commensurate wage for a specific occupational title
over a period of time. The wage must pay $7.25 per hour and be full-time. The employer must hire and train
participants enrolled in a subsidized employment program. Program Eligibility Screening Form
Program C: Employers are eligible for 50% of the commensurate wage for four to 26 weeks. The wage must pay
$8.50 per hour and be full-time. The employer must hire a participant receiving General Assistance (GA) or
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). More Information
Employer Qualification Survey
Program D: Employers are eligible for up to 100% of the commensurate wage for the first 13 weeks and 50% for
the remaining 13 weeks. The wage must pay $8.50 per hour and be full-time. The employer must hire a participant
receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Employer Qualification Survey
6. Employer Eligibility and Candidate Selection
The information collected on the Employer Qualification Survey will be utilized to determine your eligibility, notify the Job Developer of your interest and match potential candidates to interview for the position. Your business name and address will not be shared and other contact information kept private.
- If eligible, the Job Developer shall contact you to discuss in detail the positions and qualifications as submitted on your Employer Qualification Survey.
- Identified candidates will be given a skills-based assessment based on the job(s) qualification(s) submitted on your survey.
- From this aggregate, the Job Developer will refer a qualified candidate(s) for interview.
- After indication of intent to hire from you, the employer, an On-the-Job Training Contract will be executed. This contract will at a minimum: outline responsibilities, length of contract period, start and end dates and wage reimbursement rate.
Interviews can be held at your local Atlantic Cape May Office of Workforce Development in Pleasantville or Wildwood . If you wish to utilize this free service, please advise the Job Developer.
Important: The WDB plans to enter into OJT contracts with local employers who have intentions to retain the employee(s) beyond their training period(s).
*Disclaimer: Funding is contingent on the availability of Federal and State funds and is subject to amendment or termination due to a lack of funds of authorization.