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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!
On a case-by-case basis, DVR can reimburse an employer for wages paid to a DVR consumer. This service is for employers who permanently hire DVR consumers who need assistance with learning job skills above and beyond what is needed for the average starting employee.
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.
The S-OJT is one of DVR's Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) designed to assist students with disabilities in exploring career options. Participating students will obtain job skills and permanent employment to assist in meeting future employment goals.
An S-OJT provides a wage reimbursement of 100 percent of the hourly employee wage up to 500 hours in a 12-month period or up to the date the individual no longer meets the definition of a student; whichever comes first. The reimbursement is intended to allow a business to offer competitive employment to a student with significant disabilities.