How does On-The-Job Training Work?

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In On-The-Job Training (OJT), the employer selects a role that necessitates entry-level training, agrees to provide a fixed wage, ensures at least one wage increase within the training period, and designates a supervisor for the training. Other criteria include: 

  • The employer identifies a job that requires entry-level training.
  • The employer agrees to pay the veteran a set wage – commission, piece rate or other variables do not qualify as a set wage. There must be at least one wage increase during the training period.
  • The employer designates an on-the-job training supervisor.
  • The employer agrees training will be conducted for at least six months and will not exceed 24 months.
  • The employer agrees to the Veterans Administration (VA) criteria of the on-the-job training program which, when approved by the Office of Apprenticeship Training, become the standards for training.
  • The employer agrees not to artificially lower the wage to compensate for the eligible monthly benefits the veteran receives.
  • The on-the-job training should lead to continuous employment for the veteran who completes the program.