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DVR On-The-Job Training (OJT) Guide for Employers

September 2023

On-the-job training (OJT) is a hands-on method of teaching employees the duties, knowledge, and skills needed to perform a specific job within the workplace.

DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) sponsors two OJT initiatives, one connecting DVR consumers to permanent employment and another connecting students to employment and training opportunities. Each initiative provides an excellent strategy to bring new talent into your workforce!

An OJT provides 50 percent reimbursement of wages to an employer who pays a permanently hired DVR consumer. The reimbursement is intended to assist the employer with costs of training the DVR consumer on skills necessary to work for the employer long-term.

Important aspects of on-the-job training include:

OJT Program Basics

Student OJT Program Specifics

Non-Student OJT Program Specifics

DVR will assist you with each step in the process and will be available to consult on any questions you may have along the way! DVR staff can also provide you information about other DWD business solutions including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and services through the Job Center of Wisconsin.

For questions or requests for additional information, contact your local DVR office. DVR location and contact information can be found on the DVR Service/Office Locations page.