On-the-Job Training

Student and instructor in manufacturing lab

So. You’re ready to hire. Or maybe you’re thinking about hiring. We understand the process to bring on a new worker can be expensive and time consuming. But what if the costs to train a new worker could be offset? The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program gives your business a cash reimbursement (not a tax credit) to help offset the costs associated with training a new, permanent employee. OJT is designed specifically to help dislocated (laid-off) and unemployed workers experiencing prolonged unemployment transition back to work. The program targets new and open positions.

How It works

We’ll work with you to identify OJT-qualified candidates with the specialized skills to meet your company’s needs. You decide who to hire. Next, we’ll work with you to design a customized training plan for the new employee. The process is complete when you sign the OJT agreement paperwork** which takes just a few minutes.

Why It Can Work for Your Business

OJT is your opportunity to hire experienced workers at a reduced cost to your company. So why should you consider OJT for your hiring needs?

OJT can minimize the cost of training

We’ll compensate your business for the costs associated with training (up to 320 hours) and loss of production for newly hired employees. Our participating employers save an average of $3,700 in training costs.

OJT can streamline your hiring

Hiring just got easier. Tell us your workforce needs and we’ll recruit and pre-screen OJT-eligible, experienced candidates at no cost. The hiring decision is yours.

OJT requires less paperwork, more productivity

The OJT agreement and enrollment process is fast and simple. With minimal paperwork, you and your new employee will be back to business in no time.

OJT offers continous support

We’ll stick by your side throughout every phase of the program and provide any assistance you need.

Employer Testimonials

For a nonprofit, the resources obtained from your agency [and the OJT Program] were instrumental in our filling this position with the highest quality candidate.

-ABR Community Services, Inc.

Often times good companies and good candidates have a hard time finding each other. The On-the-Job Training Program has helped us put those links together. Plus the staff has always been professional and courteous.

-Amcor Flexibles Madison

Start Today

Contact our Business Services Manager today to learn how your business can participate in the OJT Program:

Jeff Westra


*Employment positions must not have the effect of filling a vacancy created by an employer terminating a regular employee or otherwise reducing its workforce for the purpose of hiring an OJT candidate, nor can it result in the filling of a position when any other person is on layoff or strike or engaged in a labor dispute for the same or substantially equivalent job within the same organizational unit.

**Businesses must start the OJT agreement process prior to hiring a new employee to ensure reimbursement benefits.

The On-the-Job Training Program is administered by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) in partnership with the South Central Wisconsin Job Center System under a grant awarded by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.