The On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a "hire-first" program that reimburses a company for the cost of training a new employee. Companies can use OJTs to hire and train promising job candidates who have some - but not all - of the skills necessary for the job. A rigorous training plan is put in place to ensure that the employee has the skills needed to be successful, contributing to long term retention. The OJT program is an efficient way to move unemployed workers more quickly into jobs and provide them with transportable skills and a cost effective way to help local businesses develop and retain the workers that they need.
In 2011, Governor John Kitzhaber invested $3.4 million into WorkSource, the public workforce system, to support OJTs for the unemployed through a program called Back to Work Oregon. Worksystems received $1.9 million from the state and matched it with an equal amount from our federal resources to put over 600 people in the region back to work.
For more information on this program, please refer to the program overview below.