On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a full-time, subsidized employment training activity and is designed to give an enrollee job experience, knowledge and skills in the field in which they will seek employment. Private employers, public agencies, and private or non-profit companies or corporations are eligible to participate as an employer in OJT.

The position may be assigned for a period of up to six months. The activity hours will range from one to forty hours a week, depending upon the need for a structured work experience.

Participants are compensated at the same rate of pay, including benefits and periodic increases, as other employees doing the same work and must earn at least minimum wage. Fifty percent of the trainee’s gross wages will be reimbursed to the employer. At the end of the contract period, the employer should have a well-trained and experienced employee!

Responsibilities of the Employer:

The employer agrees to:

  1. Provide proper training and daily supervision of the trainee.
  2. Maintain attendance, performance, and time records, and to submit properly completed invoices and records to DSS.
  3. Contact the DSS representative if the employer decides to terminate the trainee during the training period.
  4. Compensate the trainee with benefits and wages at the same level of similarly situated employees and not less than the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.
  5. Retain the trainee at the conclusion of the contract in a full-time, unsubsidized job, provided that the trainee performs satisfactorily during the contract period. The trainee cannot be terminated solely because the DSS/OJT contract period ends.

The employer may not displace any current employee through the use of the DSS/OJT program. If it is discovered that the employer violated this policy, no more contracts shall be signed with that employer. Violations may be reported to the US Department of Labor.

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.