On-the-Job Training

About the Program

  • Hire and train a new employee missing required skills for your company.
  • Your business commits to retaining the employee for at least one year.
  • NWC typically reimburses up to 50% of wages, usually for 3 months and no more than 6 months.
  • This program is open to companies in NWC’s region (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties), doing business in one of the three key sector industries in our region: construction, healthcare or manufacturing.

Steps to Access On-the-Job Training Support

Meet with NWC to Create a Contract

Once these elements are mutually agreed upon, a contract will be presented to you for your signature.

An NWC Coordinator will be assigned to your On-the-Job Training project. The coordinator will work together with you on eligibility and enrollment of the workers you have identified to take part in the program. WIOA eligibility and enrollment is required of all prospective Workers and must meet the guidelines for participation in the WIOA program. Your coordinator can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding an individual’s eligibility in the WIOA program.

Receive Reimbursements for Employee Payroll

Submit vouchers to NWC and receive reimbursement for 50% of employee’s wages for approximately 3 months.

We look forward to working with you!

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We were very happy to learn about Northwest Workforce Council’s On-The-Job Training program several years ago. Our work in solar energy is specialized so we’re rarely able to find new staff who already have the skills they’ll need to do the work. Training new staff from scratch is time consuming and costly, but the On-The-Job Training program has helped us bring on and up-skill new employees more affordably. Northwest Workforce Council shares the same commitment we have at Ecotech Solar, to support the local workforce and keep jobs here.

~ Dana Brandt / Ecotech Solar

The On-the-Job training (OJT) program has been a huge benefit to us. The OJT program allows us to take “green students” that have schooling but no practical on the job training, or are re-training from another job, and put them into our work team and complete their education on the job. We have been able to hire a new employee and bring them up to speed so that they become a profitable asset to our company. The Northwest Workforce Council has been an invaluable tool for us as they are able to give the support to the employee and the employer. It is a win/win.

~ Bob J Crabtree, Owner / Lynden Sheetmetal, Inc.