Partner with Virginia Career Works to provide On-The-Job Training for workers facing barriers to employment

What is OJT? On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides reimbursements to employers, to offset the costs of training and loss of productivity associated with hiring a new employee. Under an OJT contract, employers may receive up to 50% of the wage rate for OJT participants to help defray personnel training costs.

What’s in it for my company? You receive pre-screened candidates, and you decide who to hire. Your company will be promptly reimbursed for
costs associated with training the new employee under the terms of a contract. Our staff will assist you through all phases of the OJT, with minimum paperwork.

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

Can companies rehire a previously released (laid off) employee? Yes, but it must be in a different position for which the worker would need training. Who selects the OJT participants? As the OJT employer, you determine the selection criteria. Our staff will then identify participants who meet the criteria and refer them to your company. You have final say on who to hire.

What if I’ve already identified a candidate for OJT? You can provide your own candidates. If the worker meets eligibility requirements, we can fund the OJT.

How do I start the OJT process? Our staff will provide you with a contract. Once the contract is in place, we will start to identify and screen candidates for your position(s).

How long does it take to get an OJT approved? The process will not take much longer than hiring a non-OJT employee. We just need time to negotiate a contract with you and establish a training plan for the worker.

Contact us for next steps

Keith Cook
Director of Workforce Operations
(434) 944-7044

Tim Saunders
Business Engagement & Outreach Coordinator
(434) 856-2713