Basic Eligibility: Dislocated Worker as defined in WIA Section 101(9)
Dislocated workers whose layoffs have occurred since the onset of the recent recession (January 1, 2008) may be considered to be unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation for purposes of eligibility determination.
Within the Eligible Population, Pay Special Attention to:
For the purposes of these OJT NEG grants, ETA has established a wage cap policy that the training reimbursement level is not to exceed a percentage (typically 50% up to 90%) of the state’s average hourly wage rate. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages for 2009 is available on the OJT NEG dedicated website (Questions and Answers http://www.doleta.gov/layoff/pdf/OJT_Policy_QA.pdf).
Grantees may enter into contracts with employers who elect to pay participants more than the state average wage; however, the employer cannot receive a training reimbursement beyond a percentage (50% up to 90%) of the capped level.
Regardless of reimbursement rate, the OJT participant must be compensated at the same rate as trainees or employees who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills (Sec. WIA 181(a)(1)(A)).
The reimbursement rate may be based on:
For each participant, the reimbursement rate can be based on either employer size or the gap between the participant’s initial skill level and the skill level needed to perform the job.
Establish collaborative partnerships that will contribute to and support the creation of OJT opportunities. It is the Department’s expectation that, where possible, community-based organizations (CBOs) will be utilized to recruit participants and identify OJT opportunities.
OJT opportunities financed through the OJT NEG are exempt from the WIA credential measure. However, where possible, ETA encourages grantees to consider OJTs that lead to industry recognized credentials.
For additional information on OJT NEGs, please visit the official Department of Labor On-The-Job Training National Emergency Grants web page.