On The Job Training is targeted for businesses to create jobs for Cherokee citizens.
What is OJT?
- OJT is a contractual agreement made between you (the business) and the Cherokee Nation.
- OJT is a wise, cost-effective way to staff positions with job-ready, pre-screened applicants.
- OJT is employee training at the place of work while the participant is doing the actual job.
How does OJT work?
- We match applicants with the jobs opened at your business.
- You hire and train new employees based on our agreed terms.
- You will get reimbursed for the costs of training during the OJT period.
- Payment to offset hiring and training costs.
- Job ready applicants whose skills have been assessed to meet your job specifications - you decide who to hire.
- Training takes place at your location, on your equipment, under your guidance.
- Reimbursement for training the new employee is 50 percent of the hourly wage for a period up to six months - length of the time is negotiated per contract.
- Prompt reimbursement payments with a minimum of paperwork.
- Opportunity for Tax Credit(s).
- Consultation and technical assistance throughout all phases of the OJT.
At a Glance - Who can you hire?
- Applicants who are pre-qualified by our office and referred to you.
- Applicants you send to us for eligibility screening; we will notify you if they qualify.
- You hire per your normal hiring procedures. From day one, they are your employee and subject to your company policies.
Are there any restrictions?
- OJT participants are restricted to those who are citizens of a federally-recognized Cherokee tribe (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians or Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians).
- The rate of pay and benefits must be comparable to what you pay others doing similar work.
- Jobs must be full-time occupations with growth potential that results in permanent employment.
How to get the process started
- A standardized OJT contract will be completed with your company. The contract will contain all the terms of the agreement for both parties, including a detailed agreed-upon training schedule. With this contract in place, we can begin to screen candidates for your job position(s).
- We will need your Worker's Compensation Insurance and Employer Federal Tax Identification Number.
- This process takes about the same time as when you are hiring a non-OJT employee. The process of writing and negotiating the OJT contract and establishing a training schedule can take up to two weeks.
For more information regarding On The Job Training please contact:
Director over Tribal Economic Development
Tribal Economic Development