On-the-Job Training is an opportunity for you, the employer, to mentor a person with a disability. By participating in OJT, you have the opportunity to see if the job and your business are a good fit with the trainee.
VR may provide:
- Reimbursement for the trainee’s salary
- Support services (uniforms, tools, bus passes)
- Job-site assessment and any needed accommodations
In addition, federal tax credits may be available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions. To become an OJT employer, fill out the On-the-Job Training Application for Vendors (RTF).
Businesses who participate in OJT or internships for people with disabilities are 4.5 times more likely to hire a person with a disability (which can help you fulfill your 503 obligations if you are a Federal contractor).
How does On-the-Job Training work? Hear from employers who have tried it and recommend the program in the following video.
Frequently Asked Questions about OJT
Q: How does the trainee get paid?
A: Trainees are paid by the employer in the same way that other employees are paid. The VR counselor will issue an authorization for reimbursement of the gross wages paid to the trainee, including taxes deducted from the trainee’s check.
Q: Who pays for uniforms, background checks, or other necessary costs for the trainee?
A: VR will pay for these items if the customer needs them in order to work.
Q: After OJT is completed, is the employer required to offer a job?
A: The employer is not required to offer a job.
Q: Who is responsible for reasonable accommodations?
A: VR and the employer are responsible for reasonable accommodations such as modifying job duties and/or changing the style of training and communication.
If the trainee requires specialized equipment to perform the job due to his/her disability, the VR counselor will purchase this separately. The equipment will remain the property of VR or the individual at the end of the OJT.