Department of Labor Announces Funding for On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grants; New Web-Based Toolkit Now Available for Workforce Professionals to Strengthen OJT Strategies from Employment and Training Administration – Workforce Professionals – What’s New in Workforce Investment
During a visit to Denver on June 25, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced $75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds for On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grants to 41 states, the District of Columbia and three federally recognized Native American tribes. These resources will be used to help Americans get back to work, especially in geographic areas disproportionately impacted by the recession.
On-the-Job Training Grants offer a method to jump start re-employment for dislocated workers experiencing prolonged unemployment by enabling employers to create training and job opportunities for these individuals. Participants will be given a chance to “earn and learn,” which means they will develop applicable occupational skills while earning a paycheck. Employers participating in these on-the-job training projects will receive partial reimbursement to offset the extraordinary cost of training workers. The projects will help workers become proficient in needed skills more quickly, which will serve to encourage employers to hire workers sooner than perhaps initially planned, facilitating the private sector hiring of well-qualified individuals to contribute to their bottom line and spur economic recovery.
For additional information about these grants, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/layoff/Job_Training.cfm.
The Department`s Employment and Training Administration has also announced the availability of a new web-based toolkit deigned to help state and local workforce professionals expand and strengthen their On-the-Job-Training (OJT) strategies. The OJT Toolkit is an online suite of resources that gives state workforce agencies and local OJT providers templates and examples that are customizable to meet their needs. The OJT Toolkit documents can assist local providers in quickly and efficiently implementing OJT in their area.
The toolkit is available on WWW.WORKFORCE3ONE.ORG and currently houses the following resources:
- Policies and Procedures
- Marketing Materials
- Contracts and Modifications
- Training Plans
- Monitoring Tools
As additional OJT tools are developed, they will be posted to the toolkit.