New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
recently received $6.4 million in federal funds
to encourage hiring of long-term unemployed,
dislocated workers and help off-set the cost
of training these new hires. This is the second
round of funds New York State has received from
the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)
under the On-the-Job Training / National Emergency
Grant (OJT/NEG) program.
What is On-the-Job Training (OJT)?
pairs businesses with the workers they need.
These people will require some specialized training
to do the job; training only the business can
provide. The OJT/NEG program covers from 50-90%
of new hires wages during the training
period. Reimbursement rates are determined by
the size of the business:
50 or fewer employees are eligible for up
to 90% reimbursement
51 to 250 employees are eligible for up to
More than 250 are eligible for up 50% wage
is eligible to participate in the OJT/NEG program?
This program is meant to advance the hiring
of long term unemployed dislocated workers.
This means persons who:
Have enrolled in the WIA Dislocated Worker
Have a dislocation date of January 1, 2008
Be experiencing prolonged unemployment (20
weeks or more)
Have had a skills assessment through JobZone/
that participate in the program must:
Be private for profit or private not-for-profit
Be located in New York State
Be in good standing with New York State
Have full-time work (30 hours or more per
Hire them as employees of the business ---
not independent contractors or contract employees
OJT/NEG program is NOT for:
Businesses that have moved any part of their
operations and laid off staff in the last
will not cover intermittent, part-time (less
than 30 hours per week) and seasonal occupations.
Training for these jobs cannot exceed six months.
All training activities must be concluded by
June 30, 2014.
What help is available?
One Stop Staff will work with interested businesses
to fully develop the qualifications of the worker(s)
How do I apply for the NEG/OJT program?
Questions and to apply for this program should
be directed to Michele Nichols, (585) 344-2042,