What is On-the-Job Training (OJT)?
The on-the-job training model is an “earn while you learn” strategy that provides training by an employer to a paid participant/employee while they are engaged in productive work in a job that provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
Benefits to the Employers
Employers will be able to hire new employees and train them at their place of business while being reimbursed a percentage of the new employees’ wages during training.
Benefits to the Employees
Employees will have an opportunity to earn as they learn in a permanent fulltime job, receive a transition-to-practice training plan that clearly defines the competencies required to succeed in the healthcare industry, and access to career coaching and social supports as necessary.
Targeted Occupations in Western Massachusetts
The purpose of this program is to assist unemployed and underemployed workers, including new graduates, transition to practice in targeted healthcare careers through a combination of occupational skills training and on-the-job training.
From 2012-2014, the following occupations will be targeted for on-the-job training opportunities. Participants will obtain industry-recognized credentials and on-the-job training to provide the necessary clinical and technical skills and work experience. The program will also provide assessment, career counseling, and social support.
- Registered Nurses
- Medical Coders
- Health IT professionals
- Other Allied Healthcare Professionals: Home Health Aides, Certified Nurse Assistants, Patient Care Technicians, Medical Assistants, Medical Interpreters, Community Health Workers, Medical Lab Technicians, and Medical Office/ Administration.