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 $12.00 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




  • 40 hours/week for 12 weeks
     hours X $12.00/hour = $5,760
    OJT Reimbursement (50% hourly wage)
    $5.00 X 480 hours = $2,400
    YOUR Reimbursement = $2,400
  • 40 hours/week for 12 weeks
    480 hours X $18.00/hour = $8,640
    OJT Reimbursement (50% hourly wage)
    $9.00 X 480 hours = $4,320
    YOUR Reimbursement = $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 a 1.5 MILLION dollars in new hire training cost.

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

OJT give 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 $12.00 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

For further questions contact your nearest Career Center

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