On-The-Job Training

You Hire, We Pay.

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program has been designed as a way of helping businesses manage the cost of training new employees who are not 100% qualified for a particular job. Through OJT, an employer may be reimbursed for up to 50% of a new hire's wages while they are trained on the job.

The Benefit to Your Business

Addresses skills gaps

in your existing workforce.

Helps you boost productivity

and/or avert layoffs.


Receive reimbursement of up to 50% of new hires’ wages  if they are not qualified for the job.

How On-the-Job Training Works

We will work with you to identify a job candidate who is eligible for participation in OJT:

  • the candidate may come through the workNet DuPage Career Center, or
  • You can refer a candidate of your own.
  • Wage requirements may apply.

Create a training plan to mitigate the candidate’s skills gap:

  • the training must provide required job-related skills, and
  • it cannot be an orientation or new hires training that is routinely provided for all new employees.
  • The training period can last up to six months.

See how we help DuPage County businesses get a competitive edge:

Pioneer Service in Addison, IL

Pioneer Service is a certified women-owned contract manufacturer, that specializes in CNC Swiss machining, CNC turning, and Centerless Grinding services for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This company has benefited from multiple on-the-job training (OJT) grants. Through this “hire-first” program, County residents that lack the “total package” in skills are afforded the chance to learn on the job without financial burden to the company.

"I wanted to let you know that we received the final payment for Greta’s OJT grant -  total received comes to $13,748.80! These programs along with your support have helped my company – I am extremely grateful!  Thank you!"


TechVoo® provides IT consulting for business clients with multiple retail locations in DuPage County serving nearly 5,000 clients over the last decade. Thanks to an On-The-Job Training (OJT) grant from workNet DuPage, TechVoo computer technicians gained skills in troubleshooting, repair and configuration of advanced equipment.

We’ve been able to hire culture-fit candidates who did not have the prior work experience we would normally require.  That has allowed us to enable more junior technicians to enter our company and provide us the latitude and time to train them properly instead of skipping over them.

Learn More

Contact Ron Schlager at Rschlager@worknetdupage.org or at (630) 955-2037.