With On-the-Job Training (OJT), you begin to receive wages and/or benefits while you learn a new skill, working with a participating business. OJT is available for eligible job seekers through specific programs at the job center. OJT helps your employer to hire by offsetting part of the cost of training. For participants of OJT, this helps remove any gaps in a skill that might typically prevent you from getting a job.
How it Works
When you take a new job through OJT, you become the employee of that company. Like the name implies, the training is conducted by the employer to you as a new employee directly at work. To get a job with OJT, inquire first with a workforce specialist at the Missouri Job Center. If eligible, you can be enrolled and placed in a pool to be referred to potential jobs utilizing OJT. On-the-Job Training may be an option if you:
- Have proven success on the job
- Possess basic job skills
- Are ready to get back to work
- Are willing to learn new skills
Before you’re referred to a prospective job using the OJT program, a workforce specialist at the job center will work with you to develop an individual employment plan. This includes an assessment of your skills and abilities you can bring to an employer along with your individual career goals. While you may not be the perfect fit for the skills needed in the job that’s matched, OJT provides a stepping stone to improve your skills and your odds of success.
Other tools teamed up with OJT
The job center uses other tools that help you as a job seeker along with your potential employer to make the right fit. All OJT candidates should have the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Through the NCRC, you’re able to prove you have the basic skills needed for success at work. Virtual Video Interviews help shorten the time frame by getting your talents in front an employer even faster.