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.


Wanda Lary, (203) 867-4030 x 254

Para Espanol:

Juliana Castillo, (203) 867-4030 x 268


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

Already have an employer willing to hire and train you? Contact us to Get Fast Tracked. Para español, haga clic aquí.

Frequently Asked Questions about On-the-Job Training:

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 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?

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 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

at a 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.

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


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