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Posted on: September 14, 2015

My Company Can Be Paid for Training New Employees? Yes, With ARC Qualification


Department of Economic Development

Sometimes unemployed, underemployed and/or dislocated workers do not possess all the skills needed for your particular job. With your criteria and assistance from the ARC, individuals who complete basic eligibility, orientation, pass a skills exam and complete a skills-gap analysis, may be eligible for re-training through this program.

Direct from the ARC:
“On the Job Training” OJT, sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission is business help not a lot of us may have heard of. A simplistic synopsis used by the program explains it all:

“You hire them, you train them, and We Pay You!”

Training focuses on in-demand jobs such as:
• Manufacturing
• Supply Chain & Logistics
• Life Sciences
• Health Care IT
• Information Technology
• Film & Digital Media

What the OJT Program will do for you:
• Reimbursement of costs
• Assistance through all phases
• Prompt payments
• Minimal paperwork
• Will receive a “pool of pre-screened applicants
• You make the choice of the applicant

Reimbursement of trainee wages is 50% or 75% upon meeting 1 of 4 certain criteria:
• You must be considered a Small Business (as defined by the SBA)
• Your employee’s job title must be on the “in-demand occupation list”
• OJT must “lead to the attainment of an industry recognized credential”
• You must meet certain defined “barriers to employment”

Requirements of your company:
• Must not be currently experiencing a layoff within the last 6 months
• Must have available full-time positions
• Must be available to conduct interviews of qualified trainees
• Must hire trainees for full-time employment at no less than $12.70/hr.
• Job benefits and duties must match regular (non-OJT) employees performing the same job
• Must have a working description or detail of the position
• Will be able to develop a training plan specific to each trainee
• Will be able to manage day-to-day operations/worksite
• Will be able to supervise the trainee
• Must notify ARC/OJT staff if any issues, prior to dismissal
• Will be able to maintain appropriate documentation for submission
• Will review & submit an invoice and timesheet to ARC

If this program seems to be something needed for your company, please contact:

The Atlanta Regional Commission

Mia Pressley-mpressley@atlantaregional.com, 404-463-3292

Marc White -mwhite@atlantaregional.com, 404-463-3343

Robin Roberts -rroberts@atlantaregional.com, 404-463-3343

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