Local On-the-Job Training Policy

Issuance No: P6
Issuance Date: June 10, 2014
Subject: Local On-the-Job Training Policy

Effective July 1, 2014

The purpose of this OJT Policy is to establish local guidelines for administering federally-funded OJT programs in the 18-county Northwest Workforce Development Board (NW WDB) region.  This local policy complies with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) Issuance 03-2014 “Statewide On-the-Job Training (OJT) Policy” and its corresponding attachments.

On-the-Job Training is a tool to be used to assist in achieving training and placement goals for Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) customers.  As such, OJT guidelines established in DWD Issuance 03-2014 provide the framework for practices and procedures.  Local workforce regions are encouraged to develop local protocol and processes for marketing and to establish standards for company eligibility such as wages and industry types.

NW WDB Local Marketing Strategy

The Business Customer The Job Seeking Customer
 Face-to-face contact with businesses  Basic skills workshops
 Radio advertising (PSAs) Radio advertising (PSAs)
 Phone marketing  Letters of eligibility for self-marketing
 Chamber of Commerce info share  CIC advertisements
 Human resources meetings  Soft skills workshops
 Face to face contact with Economic Developers  Job Club meetings
 Mass mailing utilizing MERIC and TB2 data  Social media (i.e. Facebook)
 jobs.mo.gov message center  ETT meetings
 CWRC employer partners  jobs.mo.gov message center

NW WDB Company Eligibility

The NW WDB will follow guidance in DWD Issuance 03-2014 regarding company eligibility.  While the Missouri Division of Workforce Development establishes a maximum wage rate for individuals participating in the On-the-Job Training program, the local workforce regions may establish minimum wage rates.

NW WDB has established minimum hourly rates for On-the-Job Training placements based on sub-regional economic conditions and historical data reflecting average hourly rate for WIOA Dislocated Workers.  The minimum placement hourly rates by sub-region are:

ABCD Sub-region Green Hills Sub-region NW Sub-region
$11.48 $11.48 $9.56

Each OJT contract and placement will be reviewed and approved by NW WDB staff prior to enrollment in the OJT Program.  Exceptions to the minimum placement wage will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The NW WDB requires OJT employers to enroll the company in the E-verify federal work authorization program prior to the start date of OJT employees. OJT employers are required to verify OJT employees no later than the third business day after the employee starts work.

The NW WDB may limit the number of OJT placements a company can have based on the number of regular (unsubsidized) employees at all facilities; no more than 40% of the total employees shall be OJT employees. Exceptions to this rate will be made on a case-by-case basis; requests will be reviewed by the Functional Leader with final approval by NW WDB staff.

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure regional performance goals and economic conditions are satisfied; adjustments and revisions will be made as necessary.




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