On-the-Job Training FAQ

On-the-Job Training FAQ

Frequently asked questions

1. As an employer, how do I access OJT training dollars?

The process is simple and there are no complicated forms. A MassHire Career Center staff person will meet with you at your place of business to discuss your needs, the position(s) for which you are seeking OJT training dollars and walk you through the process.

2. Who can be an OJT Employer?

Any company or business which has an opening for a skilled worker and for which qualified individuals are not readily available; a company or business which has not relocated within the past 120 days; or if it has relocated within this period, the relocation has not caused a loss of employment at the previous location.

3. How do I benefit by participating in the OJT Program?

The OJT program enables you to be reimbursed for the new employee's wages while they are in training.

4. What kind of positions are eligible for consideration for OJT?

Occupations with growth potential that result in continued employment.

5. Are there any restrictions?

Yes, there are. For example-

  • You cannot use OJT funded trainees to replace employees laid off within
    six months prior to the date of your application.
  • You must agree to hire any OJT trainees as regular, full-time employees.
  • The rate of pay and benefits must be commensurate with what you pay
    others for doing similar work.

6. Can companies rehire one of their previously released (laid off) employees?

Yes, a business can re-hire a previous employee but it must be for a different position for which they would need training and the candidate must meet specific OJT requirements.

7. What if an employer has already selected a candidate for OJT training?

If an employer has already selected a candidate and the candidate is approved by OJT staff as eligible, the company can set up an OJT with the employer candidate.

8. How long will the process take to get the OJT approved?

This process will not take much longer than hiring a non-OJT employee. In order to ensure that your needs are met, the process of writing and negotiating the contract and establishing a training plan for the individual could take up to a month or more.