Find Talent. Train Talent. Grow Your Workforce

Workforce Alliance directs a system that is nimble, flexible and adaptable, generating economic opportunity for business and job seekers in our communities. Funding from the CT Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor, and others, plus private sources, allows Workforce Alliance to provide these free services to businesses and job seekers.



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% of new hire wages while they learn essential job skills.

Job seekers

Enroll to get matched with employers who train on the job. Start with a Job Opportunity Recruitment & Screening Event

Already have an employer willing to hire and train you? Contact us to Get Fast Tracked.

Frequently Asked Questions About On-The-Job Training:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Employers can provide work experience and have extra help for up to 12 weeks. Designed for jobseekers with little to no work experience, employers can bring on help for up to 20 hours a week and choose form candidates referred by program staff who will troubleshoot any questions or concerns on employers’ behalf.

Payroll functions and worker’s compensation insurance for participants are provided.


Matching grants may be available to employers to provide training for existing employees with the goal of skills enhancement, retention and worker advancement.

Build a hiring pool with specific skills through Customized Training. Companies intending to hire pay half the cost, while Workforce Alliance secures the training provider and recruits and screens candidates.

IN ENGLISH: Wanda Lary, (203) 867-4030 x 254

PARA ESPANOL: Juliana Castillo, (203) 867-4030 x 268

Complete this form to be contacted by a Business Services Representative, and to receive information from Workforce Alliance.

Workforce Alliance Business Services 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