TRAINING ASSISTANCE

An educated workforce is the key to a strong economy. Therefore having a workforce that’s dedicated, skilled and well prepared to bring innovation and productivity to the job is essential. The OCIC provides employers with job training assistance through regional and state partnerships and federal programs, designed to keep your workforce ahead of the curve.

Are you planning to hire and train new employees?

Looking to train employees who have been employed 6 months or longer?

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (OJT) PROGRAM

THE OJT FORMS ARE NOT YET ACTIVE

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program 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.

IMPORTANT ITEMS TO NOTE:

– The OJT needs to be in place BEFORE the employee’s first day of employment.
– 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.

This funding compensates YOU, the employer, for training workers in skills they need to help your business thrive.


To start the process, please complete the following forms:

A W-9 Form from the employee is required before all other documents/forms are submitted. Please complete the W-9 Form listed above. Once you submit the form, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the W-9 Form, we will reach out to you.

You must register your company as a potential OJT employer before an employee can begin working. Please complete the OJT Employer Information form listed above. Once you submit the form, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted form, we will reach out to you. (If your company has participated in an OJT before, please skip to Step 3)

Please complete the OJT Application listed above. Once you submit the application, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted application, we will reach out to you.

Please complete the OJT Candidate Screening form listed above. This needs to be done before the agreement and training plan to determine whether or not your candidate is eligible. We will follow up with the candidate immediately so that we can notify you, the employer, if the person is eligible. If the person is eligible, we will ask you to complete the OJT Agreement and Training Plan (step 5).

You have been notified that your employee is eligible – great! Please complete the OJT Agreement and Training Plan listed above. Once you submit the agreement and training plan, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted agreement or trainee plan, we will reach out to you.

Once the OJT Application and Training Plan is approved, you can begin training your new hire. Please submit your monthly invoices for reimbursement of the allotted training funds listed above.

INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM

THE IWT FORMS ARE NOT YET ACTIVE

Incumbent Worker Training is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train individuals for long-term employment. The employer is reimbursed for the costs of training – up to 50% of trainees’ wages during the training period. Because this program offers a comprehensive training solution, you must meet certain criteria to participate.

To start the process, please complete the following forms:

The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Guide will help you to better understand the process. This includes the purpose of the IWT, what employees can participate, the requirements, what are the allowable/unallowable costs, and the expected outcomes of the program.

A W-9 Form from the employee is required before all other documents/forms are submitted. Please complete the W-9 Form listed above. Once you submit the form, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the W-9 Form, we will reach out to you.

Please complete the IWT Application and Project Budget listed above. Once you submit the application and budget, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted application and budget, we will reach out to you.

Please complete the IWT Contract Agreement listed above. Once you submit the agreement, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted agreement, we will reach out to you.

Please complete the IWT Invoice listed above. The IWT Invoice includes the cost of the training instructor, the curriculum costs, and the trainee (employee) expenses. This must be signed by the trainee and the employer. Once you submit the invoice, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted invoice, we will reach out to you.

Please complete the IWT Trainee Log listed above. This log includes the trainee’s information. You can list multiple trainee names. Once you submit the log, it will be automatically forwarded to our Business & Workforce Development Manager. If there are any questions about the submitted log, we will reach out to you.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

An employer may qualify for annual funding to help pay for short-term training if training is required as a condition of accepting a job offer. At a minimum, all trainees must be registered and enrolled with prior to their start date.

JOBSOHIO WORKFORCE GRANT

The JobsOhio Workforce Grant was created to promote economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing funding for the improvement of worker skills and abilities in the State of Ohio. Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to job creation, additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, project return on investment, and project location.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Rodenhauser, Business & Workforce Development Manager.