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On The Job Training

On-the-Job (OJT) training is a workforce development strategy where employers of all sizes have an opportunity to train, mentor and hire candidates as they become fully proficient in a particular skillset or job function. Through the OJT model, candidates receive the hands-on training necessary to increase their skills, knowledge and capacity to perform the designated job functions. The OJT strategy ensures unemployed and underemployed jobseekers have a chance to enter and reenter the workforce through an “earn and learn” model. This streamlined approach developed between select employers and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) allows employers to be reimbursed at an established wage rate in exchange for the training provided to participating OJT candidates.

About the Program

Pre-screened and job-ready candidates are matched with employers willing to provide skills-based, on-the-job training. DOES will provide wage reimbursement from 50 to 75 percent of the candidate’s salary from one to six months (in some cases up to one year) for qualifying District of Columbia residents and employers. OJT employers maintain complete control over hiring decisions, and are assigned a DOES liaison to initiate recruitment efforts and provide support throughout the length of the OJT agreement. Clearly written OJT agreements detail the individual training outline, objectives, duration of agreement, and reimbursement rate. Wage reimbursements will be administered to employers within net 30 days (upon receipt of invoice).

Program Details

Getting Started

There are several ways to connect with the DOES OJT program:

  • Employer Information Sessions – DOES On-the-Job Training Program hosts information sessions to identify potential employers for the OJT program. Announcements are made to all referring departments with information on the selected employer, number of positions, and basic level of proficiency required for the job function.
  • Employers may complete the OJT Employer Application along with the Vendor Master Package  and submit to [email protected] for consideration.

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If you have any questions about the DOES OJT Program or the application process, please email [email protected].


The District of Columbia's Dislocated Worker (WIOA) program is funded by a $10,070,193.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.