Financial Hiring Incentives

On‐The‐Job (OJT) Training

Workers may qualify for funding up to $5,000 to help pay for short-term training if training is required as a condition of accepting a bona-fide job offer.  Reimbursement to the employer is up to 50% of the wage rate of the trainee.  For small businesses, reimbursement rate can exceed 50% for trainees that are referred by and already registered and enrolled with OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County.

Customized Training

An Employer may qualify for annual funding to help pay for short-term training if training is required as a condition of accepting a bona-fide job offer. At a minimum, ALL trainees must be registered and enrolled with OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County prior to their start date.

Click here for more information on On-the-Job and Customized Training.

Incumbent Worker

The Community Block Grant/Incumbent Worker Training Program (ITWP) objective is to support training projects that it will benefit local business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees, resulting in increased employee productivity and growth/retention of the company and its workforce. The training must have common acceptance as a skill required for a particular industry.

Ohio Works Incentive Program

This funding applies only to candidates that are receiving cash assistance via Cuyahoga County Job & Family Services. The objective is to accelerate the reemployment of adult or dislocated workers that are receiving cash assistance from Cuyahoga County. Workers may qualify for funding up to $5,000 to help pay for short-term training if training is required as a condition of accepting a bona-fide job offer.  Reimbursement to the employer is up to 50% of the wage rate of the trainee.  For small businesses, reimbursement rate can exceed 50% for the trainees.

Please contact a member of our Business-to-Business Services Team today to discuss these programs that may be available to you in hiring while providing federal dollars for training.