Paid work experience
Paid Work Experience is designed to promote the development of good work habits and basic work skills for individuals who have never worked or have limited work experience. It gives a WIOA eligible worker the chance to gain hands-on experience of the working world by placing them at a work site doing real work for pay. The work site provides the workload and supervision while, we, the employer covers all wages, taxes and workers’ compensation insurance. Workers are held to the same expectations as all employees and will be evaluated at the conclusion of the job. Placements may last up to a maximum of 6 months per year.
On-The-Job Training (OJT) provides employers with a way to have new employees gain specific skills and employment competencies. This is accomplished through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs. Cost of the training may be reimbursed at a minimum of 50% of the employee's salary/wages during the training period (not to exceed 6 months).
work based learning
Some paid work experiences also incorporate a Work Based Learning component. This is a career preparation activity that is highly structured to promote learning through paid work by planning and/or implementing a task or project. Workers learn valuable skills such a problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and decision making, along with various job readiness skills.
A paid work experience or OJT may occur in a public, private, or non-profit organization. Placement may not occur at a work site where there are current layoffs to staff or where employment would unfavorably impact current employees. The employer is under no obligation to offer regular employment to the worker once the task is complete. Both the work site and the employer (WIOA) must abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act, child labor laws, and minimum wage laws. Please contact us if you are interested in being considered as a work site.