image of individuals working in the On-the-Job Training program, left to right man is learning new computer skills, center image, lady is learning the job of a Pharmacy Technician, and image on right displays a lady learning about the culinary arts

Multiple training programs are available to assist eligible job seekers with gaining the skills needed to obtain employment in today’s economy.

Classroom Occupational Skill Training

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)/Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA): Trade Act Offered in the Missouri Job Centers, the TAA and TRA programs assists workers, with occupational skill training, who become totally or partially unemployed as a result of increased imports or movement of business operations to a foreign country.

Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA): Offered in the Missouri Job Centers, the WIOA and Dislocated Worker programs help eligible individuals prepare for employment through classroom occupational skill training.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

OJT is training provided at a worksite by an employer. The trainee is an employee of the participating business and trainees receive wages and/or benefits while learning a new skill. OJT is available for eligible job seekers through WIOA and the TRA.

Internships/Work Experience

Eligible participants may be considered for placement in Internships/Work Experience when assessed necessary and beneficial to future employment. Assignment includes placement at a public or private work site for a scheduled length of time typically 160 hours, but may be extended up to 999 hours if assessment deems necessary and funding is available. Internship/Work Experience assignments are designed to assist participants in developing soft skills including:

  • development of positive work habits
  • developing positive attitudes about working
  • gaining a good understanding of work responsibilities, including meeting an employer’s expectations

Career Exploration during Interships/Work Experience identifies skill requirements for occupations related to the assignment, and education requirements for career advancement in the related employment field.


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