Manufacturing professionals

A great way to grow

You’re likely to consider apprenticeships and internships for people just starting their careers or switching from another career. But on-the-job training is valuable for all employees, regardless of their experience level. It could help them grow in a current position or it could be the means to a great promotion.

On-the-job training can be used to:

  • Teach employees specific skills, such as how to use a particular piece of equipment or software
  • Improve employee skills unique to your business
  • Provide leadership training to help managers and prospective managers prepare for greater responsibility

Who does the training?

It depends on the training you need and the resources you have. Often:

  • Professional training providers can help you develop a customized curriculum or can conduct the actual training in your workplace
  • Experienced staff can do excellent peer-to-peer training, but it’s important to select employees who want to do such training and to develop a clear step-by-step training program to ensure they cover all information
  • Managers and supervisors can do employee training through simulated real-life scenarios. This can be particularly useful in jobs that involve contact with the public, such as sales and customer service 

There are financial incentives for employers who provide on-the-job training for people who recently lost a job through no fault of their own. On-the-job training in this context refers to a contractual agreement between the local workforce development agency and an employer. The employer agrees to employ and train the participant, and the workforce development agency agrees to reimburse a portion of the participant’s wages (50 percent or more, depending on various criteria). Talk with a CareerForce specialist to learn more.

on-the-job training with an instructor and group of mechanic trainees

TAA OJT info for employers

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs, are at risk of losing their jobs, or whose hours of work and wages are reduced because of foreign competition.

 For employees to be eligible for the Minnesota TAA On-the-Job training (OJT) program, they must be a participant in the TAA program.

TAA OJT provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for costs associated with skills upgrade and training for an eligible TAA participant.