Hire new employees and train them while being reimbursed


On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program assists employers with the cost of hiring and training a new employee.  It is funded through the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and administered through the  Morris-Sussex-Warren One-Stop Career Centers (Employment & Training) in New Jersey.

The OJT Program enables employers to hire new employees and train them at their place of business while being reimbursed a percentage of the new employee’s wages during training.  

The OJT Program is a wise, cost-effective way to staff positions with job-readypre-screened applicants.

OJT is available to private companies and non-profit organizations. OJT is subject to employer eligibility and available funding.

YOU interview;  YOU make the hiring decisions!

Who Can You Expect?

  • Employees with experience and transferable skills
  • Individuals seeking to upgrade occupational skills
  • Dislocated workers unemployed due to plant closures, relocations, and major division layoffs
  • Part-time employees looking for full-time work
  • Economically disadvantaged people seeking long-term employment


As an employer, you understand all too well the cost of hiring and training new employees.

Employer Benefits

  • Reduces cost of hiring and training.
  • Provides pre-screened applicants for your position – you decide who to hire.
  • Reimburse you 50% of the hourly wage for up to a maximum of $10,000.

Employee Benefits

  • Provides employment to workers.
  • Workers earn as they learn.
  • Workers receive guidance from knowledgeable business staff.


On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a contractual agreement in which the employer must agree to:

  • Provide substantive on-the-job training. Training takes place at your location, on your equipment, under your guidelines. The length of training will be determined by the job description and demonstrated participant skill gaps.
  • Pay trainees wages and provide benefits commensurate with other employees doing similar work and with similar experience.  OJT trainees are your employees and are subject to your company’s policies.
  • Submit trainee evaluations and payroll records to the Employment & Training  Counselor for wage reimbursement.
  • Continue trainee employment upon successful completion of the OJT training program.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Beth Rodgers
Executive Director, Workforce Development Board
(973) 631-5145