TRAIN UP is a fresh look at a solution to help employers in our region with their training needs. It is a grant program with the goal of providing funds for businesses to effectively train and retain current workers in an effort to remain competitive through skills upgrades and process improvement. As funding is available, applications for grant funding up to $10,000 per business can be made for training needed due to:

  • expansion
  • new technology
  • retooling
  • new services or product lines
  • organizational structuring

There is a brief questionnaire and application process with basic criteria for businesses to qualify. Applications submitted for Train Up will be reviewed by a Committee and approved by the Southwestern Workforce Development Board.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING or OJT provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training and loss of production for newly hired employees that are considered dislocated workers. These are individuals that have been terminated or laid off due to no fault of their own. OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills.

What is in it for my company?
Employers that participate in OJT are reimbursed to help defray personnel training costs. Reimbursement for the costs associated with training a new employee is calculated on a sliding scale based on the number of employees. Employers may be reimbursed up to 50% or more of the starting wage depending upon availability of funds.

Are there restrictions?
The business services representative will assist you in determining company eligibility. It is important to note:

  • The business cannot use OJT funded trainees to replace employees laid off within six months prior to the date of your application.
  • The business must agree to hire any OJT trainees as regular, full-time employees.
  • The rate of pay and benefits must be the same as other new hires doing similar work.
  • Training must be conducted at the employer’s place of business and may not be subcontracted.

Who selects the OJT trainees?
As the employer, you will determine the selection criteria for OJT trainees (e.g., greater than 8th grade math ability, English-Spanish bilingual ability, or any other applicable criteria). WIOA Staff will identify and screen candidates who meet the criteria and will refer them to your company to interview.  You have the final decision in who will be hired.

How do we get the process started?
A brief OJT Pre-Award Analysis is completed to confirm criteria for employers for the program.  Then a standardized OJT contract will be completed containing the terms of agreement such as salary reimbursement amount, time frame, training outline and training plan.

How long will the process take to get the OJT approved?
The process of writing and negotiating the contract and establishing a training plan for the individual could take up to a few days. The individual cannot be hired before the effective date of the OJT Contract.

Linda Lamp, Business Services Representative
Office: 828.339.2207