• ON THE JOB TRAINING (OJT) PROGRAM

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    February 14, 2017

    ON THE JOB TRAINING (OJT) PROGRAM

     ADVANTAGES TO USING THE OJT PROGRAM
     
    • Cuts the cost of wages for employers by a minimum of 50% during the training time.
    • Reduces the employer’s costs for advertising and recruitment.
    • Allows employers to make all hiring and firing decisions.
    • Guarantees a quick referral process.
    • Requires minimal paperwork.
    • May involve a single placement, a number of people for one type of job, or a variety of jobs.
    HOW IT WORKS
     An employer meets with the Business Services Representative to develop a job order indicating what type of people the employer desires and the screening method preferred to evaluate potential candidates (resumes, applications, interviews, etc.)
    1. Post the job on the CareerLink system
    2. A search is then conducted of the eligible applicant pool for people who match the characteristics set by the employer.  The employer is then provided the information about potential candidates in the manner in which they have requested.
    3. The employer decides whom they want to hire and a possible start date.  The Business Services staff is notified about the circumstances of the hire.
    4. The employer and the Business Services Representative negotiate a contract, which includes a training plan, length of training and costs to be reimbursed to the employer for providing the training.  It is important to note that this contract MUST be in place BEFORE an eligible client begins working or the opportunity to secure funding will be lost.
    GUIDELINES OF THE OJT PROGRAM
     
    Position must be a permanent full-time position that guarantees at least 30 hours per week.  The minimum hourly rate must be equal to or exceed the region’s self-sufficiency level, as determined by the Commonwealth.  Equates to $13.80 per hr for 40-hour position ($10.00 for youth age 16-24). Eligible clients who are hired must be treated in the same manner as all other employees (same wages, opportunity for advancement, company policies/procedures, etc.) OJT employees can be fired for justifiable reasons just like any other employee with no penalty to the employer.
    Employers are reimbursed for 50% of the base hourly wage rate for up to 960 hours of training (regular OJT).  Training hours are assigned during the contract negotiation based on the complexity of the training required.
     

    GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE APPLICANT POOL

     
    • May be a dislocated worker from a job through no fault of his or her own due to a plant closing or downsizing
    • May be economically disadvantage through circumstances beyond their control, based on income level and family size.
    • May be under-employed.
    • Must demonstrate the consistent means to get to work everyday
     EMPLOYER INFORMATION
     
    The employer should have the following information available in preparation for the meeting with the Business Services Representative to negotiate a contract:
     
    1. Job description for each position
    2. How many people will need to be hired in each position
    3. The name and qualifications of the trainer
    4. Taxpayer Identification number (TIN)/ Federal ID number
    5. Valid Workman’s Compensation information, Huntingdon Employment and Training will need to be listed as a certificate holder for cancellation notification purposes only
    6. Signature of company representative
    7. If a union represents the company, the contract will require the signature of the union’s designated representative.

    For more information contact the PA CareerLink Huntingdon County:
     
    Helen Pyzowski
    HR Director/Business Services Coordinator
    Phone - (814) 641-6408 ext. 107
    Email – hpyzowski@emp-trng.org