On-the-job Training

What’s On-the-Job Training (OJT)?

OJT is an essential tool that can help employers offset the cost of training new talent. The program offers an incentive to employers for hiring eligible job seekers and providing them new skills training

OJT provides reimbursement to the employer; up to 50% of the new employee’s wages for a designated period. This reimbursement assists in covering some of the extraordinary costs of providing the training.

Advantages & Requirements

OJT Employer Advantages

Save Time and Money:
Business Services Representatives will pre-screen candidates

Return on Investment:
For each OJT eligible candidate you hire and train, you will save up to 50% of the NEW hire wages during the OJT training time

OJT Requirements

Eligibility requirements are for both employers and job candidates

Eligibility will be determined by Michigan Works!

Positions must be full-time and pay at least $14.00 per hour

OJT documentation must be completed and approved PRIOR to NEW employee starting work

Eligibility for the OJT program is a simple process with minimal paperwork

How OJT Works

Step 1.
Meet with a Business Account Manager

Step 2.
Complete Eligibility Documentation

Step 3.
Hire an OJT eligible candidate (direct hire or referral from Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!)

Step 4.
Receive Reimbursement

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OJT Candidate 1

40 hours a week for 12 weeks

480 hours at $14.00 an hour

Reimbursed at $7.00 x 480 hours

Total Employer Reimbursement of $3,360

OJT Candidate 2

40 hours a week for 12 weeks

480 hours at $18.00 an hour

Reimbursed $9.00 x 480 hours

Total Employer Reimbursement of $4,320


OJT Success

To date, we have assisted over 2,000 employers with their hiring needs.

Those who participated in our On-the-Job Training program collectively saved more than 1.5 MILLION dollars in new hire training costs.

The Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Business Services Team takes great pride in offering valuable services to employers in our community

Interested in learning more?
Contact a Talent Specialist

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

OJT is an essential tool that can help job seekers successfully re-enter the workforce. The program offers an incentive to employers for hiring eligible job seekers and providing them new skills training.

What’s in it for YOU?


  • Connection to Business Service representatives who work closely with local employers
  • Work as a team on your behalf to achieve employment goals
  • Access to current job openings
  • Assistance with career exploration and preparation
  • Training in a demand occupation
  • Improved marketability
  • Supportive services
  • Work towards long-term employment

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OJT gives you access to…


  • Classroom and job training programs
  • Participating OJT employers
  • Current job openings
  • The CIRCUIT workshops
  • Resume and application review
  • Assessment and screening
  • Job fairs and interviewing

Assistance with…


  • OJT program eligibility determination
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Certification exploration
  • Customized training development
  • Registered Apprenticeship coordination

Follow Up-Services


  • Post-training communication

General Eligibility Requirements


  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Meet OJT program eligibility requirements
  • Position must be full time
  • Wage must pay at least $14.00 an hour
  • No previous work history with the OJT Company
  • Participant is not related to the employer

Eligibility must be completed and approved PRIOR to start of OJT Program

Are You Ready for Your Career in Industry 4.0?

Over the Shoulder Shot of Engineer Working with CAD Software onDevelop your skills for the future with the help of Macomb/ St. Clair Michigan Works! We can provide training assistance and other resources to launch your career in advanced manufacturing, information technology, and transportation.

Industry 4.0 is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. The Industry Infinity grant provides training funds focused on middle and high skill occupations that are being created by i4.0 in advanced manufacturing, information technology, and transportation industries. These industries are being transformed by technology advancements and automation. Training funds are available for specific occupations in these industries.

For participants to qualify they need to be unemployed or underemployed. In order to qualify, participants must be a citizen of the United States or an eligible non-citizen, 17 years of age or older, not be currently enrolled in a school with a local educational agency.

Available Jobs in Industry 4.0 Include:


Transportation Manager
Civil Engineer
Architectural Manager
And More!

Advanced Manufacturing

Electrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
And More!

Information Technology

Hardware Engineer
Network Architect
Cyber Criminal Investigator
And More!


Interested career seekers can obtain more information by calling (586) 434-0558.

For further questions contact your nearest Career Center

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