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What is the purpose of this resource?
The Department of Career Services (DCS) oversees Massachusetts’s network of One‐Stop Career Centers, which assist businesses in finding qualified workers and administering the On‐the‐Job Training (OJT) Program.

The OJT Program assists employers with the cost of hiring and training a new employee. It is funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The OJT Program enables employers to hire new employees and train them at their place of business while being reimbursed a percentage of the new employee’s wages during training.

What benefits or services are offered by this resource to employers?

Employer Benefits:
 Reducing the cost of hiring and training.
 Providing pre‐screened applicants for a position – the employer decides who to hire.
 Reimbursing the employer for a percentage of the wages during the pre‐agreed training period. Reimbursement rate is based on the size of the business.

Employee Benefits:
 Providing employment to workers.
 Workers can earn as they learn.
 Workers receive job coaching during period of training.

Who is eligible for these benefits and services?
OJT is available to private companies and non‐profit organizations. Government employers are not eligible. OJT is subject to employer eligibility and available funding.

Since On‐the‐Job Training is a contractual agreement, employers must agree to:
 Pay trainees wages and provide benefits commensurate with other employees doing similar work and with similar experience. OJT trainees are employees and are subject to the company’s policies.
 Commit to continued employment upon successful completion of the training.
 Provide substantive on‐the‐job training. Training takes place at the employers’ locations, on their equipment, under their guidelines. The length of training will be determined by the job description, and demonstrated participant skill gaps.
 Submit trainee evaluations and payroll records to the Career Center for wage reimbursement.

What is the process for an employer to apply?
 Meet with a Career Center Representative at the employer’s place of business to learn more about OJT and to determine whether the company is eligible.
 Speak with the Career Center Representative about OJT opportunities at the company and the type of OJT Trainee candidates that the employer seeks. The Career Center Representative will work with the employer to find pre‐screened candidates that meet the employer’s qualifications.

 Hire the OJT Trainee according to employer’s hiring process and hiring needs. As an employee, the employer trains the trainee the employer’s way. The Career Center Representative will assist the employer in designing a training plan to ensure successful on‐the‐job training.
 Submit payroll records and monthly evaluations to the Career Center to get reimbursed a percentage of the OJT Trainee’s wages during the training. The Career Center Representative will be there to assist every step of the way.
 Provide permanent employment to the trainee after successful completion of on‐the‐job training.


For additional information contact Business Service Representative

Chuck Masaitis at (978) 722-7008


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