Healthcare On The Job Training Program

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.


The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, on behalf of the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western MA, is coordinating a new on-the-job training (OJT) program for the healthcare industry.  This new OJT program is supported through public and private funding sources.  The New England Knowledge Corridor Health Careers Project (HCP), a partnership between Capital Workforce Partners of Hartford, CT and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB), was recently awarded a four-year $4,986,817 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.  In addition to this funding, the Bank of America Foundation has also awarded the REB a $150,000 three-year grant to support The Transition to Practice Program (T2P).  An added $48,000 in federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding will also be leveraged to support the program over the next three years.

Contact Information

Please review the next steps and contact Melissa Scibelli, Project Manager at the Regional Employment Board (413) 755-1360 or