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On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.

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Looking for help with recruiting, hiring, or training workers?

Get assistance at one of the nearly 2,400 American Job Centers that offer business services.

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Want to help someone find much-needed employment while reducing your federal income tax liability?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit incentive that benefits both employers and qualified workers.

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Knowing where—and how—to search for the right talent is key. One or many of the options below may be right for your business.

American Job Centers
Find Business Services Representatives and resources to help you meet your recruitment goals.

Understand the Labor Pool
Expand your set of talent search sources using the wide variety of options available to your business.

Post a Job
Reach a large share of qualified candidates in your area through free public job banks.

Social Media
Learn how social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can help you find and recruit the right talent.

Job Fairs
Learn how to host or connect to a job fair in your community, industry or area of interest to meet your workforce needs.

Local Schools and Training Programs
Connect with your local community colleges, universities, and short-term training programs to find the most qualified workers.

Connect to Professional Associations
Professional associations are a great source for finding qualified candidates. Learn why and how to connect to national organizations.

Hire a Vet
Find out how to search for the right veteran candidate for your job opening.

Need skilled workers? On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.

As an employer, you’ll benefit from more efficient recruiting, more targeted training, and assistance with training expenses:

  • OJT specialists help you find the right talent when you need it, reducing time, effort, and money spent on recruiting.
  • The specific technical skills you need may be hard to find. OJT helps you train the right workers to meet your requirements.
  • You receive up to 50% of the costs to provide on-the-job training for individuals you hire through the public workforce system.

Getting started with OJT

Because OJT offers a comprehensive training solution, you must meet certain criteria to participate. Steps in the process:

  • Find out if you meet OJT employer criteria. Staff at your local American Job Center (AJC) can help you determine your eligibility.
  • Before proceeding, you’ll sign a contract covering terms of the agreement, including positions to be trained, wages, and reimbursement.
  • An OJT specialist will refer potential OJT candidates and help you fine-tune your training plan. You’ll always make the final hiring decision.

Need help with OJT or other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center to connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.


Want to help someone find much-needed employment while reducing your federal income tax liability? The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit incentive that benefits both employers and qualified workers.

WOTC helps targeted employees move from economic dependency to self-sufficiency while earning a steady income and becoming contributing taxpayers. Benefits to the hiring business include:

  • You make the final hiring decision on candidates presented.
  • Minimal paperwork is needed to claim the tax credit.
  • You can hire as many qualified employees as you need.
  • Hire from several qualified groups, including veterans.

Learn more about WOTC

To learn more about WOTC, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor's webpage for employers interested in WOTC.

Have questions about WOTC? Contact the WOTC coordinator in your state. You can also contact your local American Job Center to connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.


Your business may be eligible for a state or federal training grant (or other funding). Learn more through your local Workforce Development Board, Small Business Development Center, or economic development agency.

Obtaining training grants can be a complex process, but worthwhile pursuing. Key points to keep in mind:

  • The opportunities are real and are offered through federal, state, and local government authorities you can trust.
  • Before applying for a grant, always check your eligibility and carefully consider your ability to meet grant requirements.
  • To increase your chances for success, follow application instructions to the letter and prepare a thoughtful, thorough response.
  • Grant-making agencies want you to succeed! So get whatever help you need to navigate the process (see below for contacts).

If training grants are not available, funding may be available in another form. The sources below can help you explore your options.

State and Local Grants

When exploring grants or other funding for training, start at the state or local level. Here are some options for getting started:

Federal Grants

Federal training grants are administered through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Need help with training grants and other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center to connet with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.


You can save training costs by connecting with other businesses in your area that have similar training needs. Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) facilitate these connections to maximize the productivity and success of businesses in their region.

What are Workforce Development Boards (WDBs)?

WDBs are part of the Public Workforce System, a network of federal, state, and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of the nation’s workforce.

State and local WDBs serve as connectors between the U.S. Department of Labor and local American Job Centers that deliver services to workers and employers. The WDBs’ role is to develop regional strategic plans and set funding priorities for their area.

Think of your local WDB as your link to the public workforce system. As one of their many functions, many WDBs facilitate partnerships between local businesses with similar training needs. WDBs also rely on labor market information to develop sector strategies that focus resources on a particular high growth industry for their area, often involving skill training for local businesses.

More than 50 percent of each WDB’s members must come from the business community. In addition, WDBs are required to have representation from local community colleges and other training providers, as well as elected officials and workforce program leaders. This ensures that current skill needs of local businesses are communicated to relevant training programs.

Learn more and get involved

Your local WDB wants to hear from you—to learn about your workforce training needs, growth opportunities and challenges, and ways you’d like to partner. Some ways to connect and learn more:

Want to learn more about business partnerships and other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center and connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.



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