On-the-Job Training | Pee Dee Workforce Development Board

Train Employees and Save Money By Using The Pee Dee's On-The-Job Training Program

What is OJT?

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program is designed to allow employers to hire, train, and retain employees in full-time permanent jobs. We'll pre-screen applicants and arrange interviews. Once you make your hiring selection, an OJT contract will be negotiated that will pay up to 50% of your new employee's hourly wage. If you are interested in OJT, contact Diane Herrington, Business and Industry Coordinator, at d-herrington@peedeecog.org or 843-687-0091 and she will connect you with a BSR.

OJT Helps Businesses...

  • FIND QUALITY WORKERS & AVOID COSTLY HIRING MISTAKES Recent layoffs have resulted in a labor pool of people who have proven work records, relevant job skills and experience working in a variety of fields.
  • SAVE MONEY SCREENING & ASSESSING NEW RECRUITS We screen and assess all applicants ensuring they meet the qualifications set by employers.
  • SAVE MONEY TRAINING NEW EMPLOYEES For small businesses, we reimburse 75% of the new hires' wages during the training period and for businesses with more than 100 employees, we reimburse up to 50% of the new hires' wages during the training period.
  • REDUCE TURNOVER We offer candidates who are ready to work and are committed to their jobs. We offer counseling and assistance to our clients after placement if necessary to keep their jobs and to be successful.


A contract for a machine operator that requires 400 hours of training and pays $10 per hour would result in a $3,000 reimbursement (of a total of $4,000 in paid wages) for a small employer or a reimbursement of $2,000 for a large employer.

Which employees are eligible to be trained using the OJT program?

Anyone in one of the following groups is eligible to be trained under an OJT Agreement:
  • Unemployed or underemployed adults over the age of 18;
  • Workers who have been laid off from another job and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation; and
  • Homemakers re-entering the workforce.
New employees/trainees must not:
  • Already have the skills listed in the Training Outline to perform the job without the OJT;
  • Already have been hired, offered employment or started employment with the employer before the OJT Agreement is signed; and
  • Be a member of the employer's immediate family.