St. Louis Agency On Training And Employment (SLATE) announces the extension of the On-The-Job Training, a program that enables local businesses to provide training and job opportunities for laid-off workers. The extension of the program became possible due to new grants totaling over $300,000, including an OJT National Emergency Grant received by the St. Louis City region from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development. The National Emergency Grant is part of a statewide On-The-Job (OTJ) grant awarded to Missouri by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Missouri's new grant, totaling $700,000, recognizes the positive impact of Missouri's initial June 2010 award of $1.28 million for OJT. "We developed really strong relationships with very large bioscience companies, as well as very small startup companies," said Bonnie Mireles, Manager of Business Development at SLATE Missouri Career Center. "Since our regular training funds have been reduced and with the economy the way it is right now, OJT training is the most appropriate method of making sure that we assist quality candidates in finding employment and that we help businesses with the extraordinary training costs involved with hiring a new employee, as well as to increase the retention of these well-trained employees."
Who Qualifies for OJT and How Do They Apply?
Job seekers may be eligible for the OJT program if they meet the following requirements:
- They have to be laid off;
- They have to be eligible for receiving unemployment compensation;
- They need to be enrolled/registered at a Missouri Career Center or at MissouriCareerSource.com;
- They have been collecting unemployment for at least 20 weeks since January 2008 (doesn't have to be consecutive months);
- They should mention OJT when they visit SLATE Missouri Career Center and ask for Bonnie Mireles or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Does the Program Work for Employers and How Can They Apply?
SLATE Missouri Career Center will reimburse up to 50% of the new hires' wages for up to a maximum of 26 weeks, depending on the individual's prior work experience.
- The business should be a Missouri company;
- The company must be established in their place of business for at least 120 days and produce a valid business-ness license;
- OJT positions should be full-time and permanent;
- Businesses interested in seeing if they qualify for OJT reimbursements need to contact Bonnie Mireles at email@example.com.
"We have qualified candidates for many local industries such as bioscience, healthcare, warehousing, and transportation. We would love to create more OJT opportunities for Information Technology (IT) individuals that have years of experience and are highly skilled. OJT funds can help the employers cover the first weeks or months of a new hire's training," said Mireles.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment