HBOTT FAQ

CareerSource NCFL is not currently accepting employer applications for the HBOTT program.

What is OJT?

On-the-Job (OJT) training provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training and loss of production for newly hired employees. OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills.

How does OJT work?

Employers provide CareerSource North Central Florida with job descriptions and training plans for open, approved job openings in their company. CareerSource NCFL matches qualified eligible applicants with the job openings and helps the employer to design a training plan that meets the employer and applicant’s needs. Employers receive wage reimbursement, not including fringe benefits or payroll taxes, for the hours that the employee is engaged in workplace training during the OJT period.

Who can I hire?

Employers can hire applicants who are pre-qualified by CareerSource NCFL using specific eligibility criteria or employers can refer applicants to CareerSource NCFL for eligibility screening. As the OJT employer, your company will determine the selection criteria for OJT trainees (e.g., “greater than 8th grade math ability,” “English-Spanish bilingual ability,” or any other applicable criteria). Then, CareerSource NCFL will identify applicants who meet the criteria and will refer those clients to your company. Your company will decide the final selection of OJT trainees.

Eligible candidates for open HBOTT positions cannot be current employees of your organization.This includes any person receiving a paycheck as an employee or intern of your organization at the time of HBOTT eligibility, even if they would be considered under-employed.

What if an employer has already selected a candidate for OJT training?

If an employer has already selected a candidate AND the candidate is approved by OJT staff as eligible, CareerSource NCFL can set up an OJT with the employer’s candidate.

What’s in it for my company?

You get a pool of pre-screened applicants for your position—you decide who to hire. This is a great opportunity to bring on employees that are eager to learn new skills and up-skill your workforce. You will receive wage reimbursement for the costs associated with training this new employee, for the agreed-upon training period. You will receive prompt payments with a minimum of paperwork and CareerSource NCFL staff to assist you through all phases of the OJT.

Are there any restrictions?

Yes, there are. For example:

  • You cannot use OJT funded trainees to replace employees laid off within six months prior to the date of your application.
  • You must agree to hire any OJT trainees as regular, full-or part-time employees.
  • The rate of pay and benefits must commensurate with what you pay others doing similar work.

How do we get the process started?

Interested employers will complete an OJT application form with all relevant information. The application will be reviewed by a CareerSource NCFL Business Competitiveness Committee to determine if your organization meets all the criteria for OJT positions.

The application can be downloaded and completed from the CareerSource NCFL website.

If my organization is approved for an OJT training contract, what comes next?

A standardized OJT contract will be completed with your company. That contract will contain all of the terms of agreement for both CareerSource NCFL and your company. With this contract in place, we will start to identify and screen candidates for your company’s position(s).

How long will the process take to get the OJT approved?

This process will not take much longer than hiring a non-OJT employee. In order to ensure that your needs are met, the process of writing and negotiating the contract and establishing a training plan for the individual could take up to a few weeks. The individual can be hired effective the date of the award letter.

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