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On-The-Job Training Employer Grants

You Hire. You Train. We Pay.

Workforce Alliance has several options to provide employers with grants that offset 50 to 75% of new hire wages while they learn essential job skills. Complete the form to be contacted by staff, or:

Contact a Business Services Representative who specializes in your industry:

Manufacturing & Engineering; Science & Research:: Steve Johnson at (203) 867-4030 x 233

Information Technology; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics: Vicki Gelpke at (203) 867-4030 x 267

Health Care, Education & Social Services: Terri Sells at (203) 624-1493 x 251

Banking, Finance & Insurance; Trades & Construction: Paul Gagne at (203) 867-4030 x 219

Service Professionals: Hospitality, Retail, Food and Entertainment: Juliana Castillo at (203) 238-3688 x 302


All Other Sectors: Wanda Lary at (203) 867-4030 x 254


Frequently Asked Questions about On-the-Job Training:

How do OJT's work?

Employee training takes place at your Connecticut businesses, while a person is doing the actual job. Outside instruction is not required. An experienced employee or supervisor ensures that the person is getting the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive using your establishment equipment and training techniques. Workforce Alliance and the employer develop a training plan for each candidate.

Where do candidates come from?

Candidates are screened and assessed for skills, aptitudes and interests and are referred through the American Job Center network or through targeted outreach. Workforce Alliance staff will also evaluate candidates you identify for eligibility. Call before you hire! A contract must be in place before a new hire starts.

How are candidates eligible?

Eligible candidates are Connecticut residents who are unemployed or underemployed (working less than full-time, or working below their level of education or experience), and may also meet criteria for being low-income, long-term unemployed (6+ months) or dislocated workers.

How long does the program last?

Contract duration is through mutual agreement between the employer and Workforce Alliance, with the average being 12-16 weeks. Trainees are full-time, permanent employees of your business and continue to be so after the OJT contract is completed.

When will I be reimbursed?

Employers receive 50-75% of the cost of wages for the new hire for the duration of the training period. Employers are reimbursed on a monthly basis, by providing documentation of wages and hours worked. Depending on the placement, hourly wage minimum and maximums apply. Check with your Business Sector contact for details.

What if someone does not work out?

Employers are not required to repay reimbursements if the candidate leaves employment, either during an OJT contract period or after the training ends. However, Workforce Alliance staff will attempt to identify the reasons why a candidate was not successful through follow up with the employer and the candidate.

Can I use OJTs more than once?

Yes! Employers who demonstrate a commitment to long-term, permanent employment for new hires and who have several positions to fill that meet criteria can have multiple OJT contracts.


Contact Staff above or complete the form on the right to get started!

Workforce Alliance OJT programs are funded in whole or part by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration, through the Ready to Work Initiative, Job Driven National Emergency Grant and other federal and Connecticut Department of Labor programs. Equal opportunity employer programs. Auxiliary aids and serves are available upon request to individuals with disabilities