- Labor Market/Career
On the Job Training (OJT)
On the Job Training (OJT) is a method of providing individualized occupational skills training for Dislocated Workers and Low Income Adults.
The goal of the OJT program is to place participants in occupations that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment and will ultimately permit them to become self-sufficient.
OJT involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs.
It is a “hire-first” program in which the employer, either public or private, enters into an agreement with the Career Center to hire, train, and retain the individual upon successful completion of the training program. Through this program, businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employee’s wages while they are in training.
Because it is a “hire-first” program, OJT is only available to participants whose goal is immediate employment.
- Participants receive no less than the State minimum wage
- Training participants must meet WIA eligibility criteria (see Eligibility below)
- Employers must be established businesses with workers compensation insurance
- Participating employers receive a reimbursement to cover the extraordinary costs of training and supervision as well as to compensate for expected lower productivity of the trainee vs. a more experienced employee
OJT Trainee Eligibility:
In order to meet WIA eligibility requirements for OJT,
potential trainees must be identified as economically disadvantaged Adults
or must qualify as a Dislocated Worker.
Shared Work Program
Shared work is an unemployment insurance program that provides employers an alternative to laying off employees. If an employer elects to participate in a Shared Work Plan and the plan is approved, affected employees will be allowed to share the work available in lieu of some employees being laid off.
Employees who share the work under an approved Shared Work Plan may collect a percentage of regular unemployment insurance benefits to compensate for reduced wages. Benefits paid under thi program are charged to the participating employer’s unemployment insurance account. To read more about the Shared Work Program and how to apply click here.
Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program is a program designed to issue Fidelity Bonds to individuals normally considered not bondable, specifically, referring to the Missouri Reentry Process, an ex-offender with a record of arrest, conviction, or imprisonment.
Fidelity Bonds are a business insurance policy that protects the employer in case of any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. It is like a “guarantee” to the employer that the person hired will be an honest worker.
The bond is given to the employer free-of-charge and serves as an incentive to the company to hire a job applicant who is an ex-offender or has some other “risk” factor in their personal background. The employer is then able to get the worker’s skills without taking any risk of worker dishonesty on the job.
The bond insures the employer for any type of stealing by theft, forgery, larceny, or embezzlement. It does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries, or work accidents. It is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system. It is not a contract bond, performance bond, or license bond sometimes needed to be self-employed.
Either the employer or the job applicant may request issuance of the Fidelity Bond. This request can be made to your local Missouri Career Center. After the request is made, the employer need not sign any papers nor keep any special records. The bond is hassle-free.