On-The-Job Training Employer Grants

You Hire. You Train. We Pay.

Workforce Alliance believes employers know best what skills they want from new hires. Who better to train them?

We provide employers with grants that offset 50 to 75% of new hire wages while they learn essential job skills.


Enroll to get matched with employers who train on the job. Start with a One Stop Services Orientation

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Frequently Asked Questions about On-the-Job Training:

How Do OJT's work?

How do OJT's work?

Employee training takes place at a 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 Job Candidates Come From?

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 referred directly by employers.

Call before you hire! A contract must be in place before a new hire starts.

How Are Candidates Eligible?

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 other criteria such as low household income, young adult (ages 18-24) and out of school, or dislocated workers.

How Long Does On-the-Job Training Last?

How long does On-the-Job training 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 at a business and continue to be so after the OJT contract is completed.

When Will My Company Be Reimbursed?

When will I be reimbursed?

Employers receive 50-75% of the cost of wages for the new hire for the duration of thetraining 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.

What If Someone Doesn't Work Out?

What if someone doesn't 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?

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.

Workforce Alliance OJT programs are funded in whole or part by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration 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