When Jeff Davis, manager of Mullet Door in Abbeville, heard about the On-the-Job Training program available through SCWorks, he was interested. The problem was he didn’t have an opening.
A few months later, however, Davis called Upper Savannah Business Services Representative, Willie Forrest, telling him that he had an available position and wanted to use the OJT program at the Abbeville facility. Within days, Davis received several resumes from Forrest and eventually hired a candidate who had recently been dislocated from another job.
About a month later, another hiring need arose. Once again, Davis used the OJT program and hired an out-of-school youth for the job. Throughout the course of several months, Davis hired a total of four people in through the OJT program.
OJT is a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that lets a business hire and train skilled workers and then reimburses them for the cost of training workers who have the ability to do the job but lack the practical hands-on experience.
Employers benefit from more efficient recruiting, more targeted training and assistance with training expenses. Other benefits include:
- OJT specialists help find the right talent when you need it, reducing time, effort, and money spent on recruiting.
- OJT helps train the right workers to meet the businesses requirements.
- Businesses receive between 50% and 75% of the costs to provide on-the-job training for individuals hired (reimbursement depends on the size of the business).
Those employees eligible for this program include youth, the unemployed or underemployed, laid-off workers and homemakers re-entering the workforce.
Davis said that the productivity of the people who have gone through this program is better than those who is now a champion for the program and is encouraging other businesses in his Abbeville area to participate in OJT as well. This has resulted in OJT placements at several other businesses.