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On-the-Job Training (OJT) Grants


On July 1, 2015, the federal legislation which guides the funding that supports the work-based training grants offered through RochesterWorks! has changed. Over the coming months RochesterWorks! will receive additional guidance and will revise its policies to align with the new legislation.

Businesses with interest in any of RochesterWorks! Business Services Training Grants are encouraged to contact Laura Seelman at (585) 258-3520 for current availability and requirements.

On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grants funds not to exceed $5,000 per grant are available to businesses to hire, train and upgrade the skills of workers that do not meet the minimum qualifications for a specific job.  The On-The-Job Training Grant will offset the cost of training new employees who lack required skills. Training should result in improved economic self-sufficiency for trainees, and therefore the expected outcomes are the potential for higher wages and job retention.

The job for which the employee is being trained must be a full-time position.  Companies are reimbursed for a portion of total wages paid to a trainee lacking the requisite skills, during a normal work period.  A normal work period does not include periods of work stoppage such as holidays, sick days, vacation days or overtime.   The length of training will depend on the job and the skills/experience of the trainee. Training should lead to the acquisition of in-demand and transferable skills or industry-recognized certifications/credentials, and retention. Payments are made on a reimbursement basis once training is completed and cost and trainee documentation is submitted.  Applicants must comply with New York State Labor Law. Funds are targeted to businesses with formal operations in Monroe County, and that employ Monroe County residents.

For more information and to begin your application process please contact Laura Seelman at (585) 258-3520).


Revised 7/1/15




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