Job training grants

Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

On-the-Job Training Grant Guidelines and Requirements

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the sixth-year renewal contract from the New York State Department of Labor (DoL) to continue offering On-the-Job Training (OJT) grants to businesses and organizations in our community.  Under this contract, training grants of about $3,200 will be available to businesses that are either hiring a new employee or promoting a current employee to a new position.  In both cases, the training grant will be used to provide the employee with the additional training needed in order to fulfill the increased job responsibilities.

In previous years these grants have been very well received in our community and the Chamber was able to provide training resources, support and funding to over 55 local businesses and organizations in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, banking, human services, education, green energy, manufacturing, and marketing, among many others.  Marilyn Mazza, the Office Manager of the Tompkins Chamber will serve as the OJT Coordinator this year.

THE GRANT APPLICATION, CONTRACT, AND TRAINING OUTLINE BELOW MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE AN EMPLOYEE IS HIRED OR PROMOTED.  Please contact Marilyn Mazza at or at 607-882-5223 immediately if you are interested in this grant.

The following information summarizes the OJT grant guidelines and requirements:

  • OJT grants are, in general, for a period of eight to twelve weeks.
  • The grant period is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
  • Training schedules will need to begin no later than September 1, 2019 though funding may have already been expended by that time.
  • Each OJT grant will provide up to 50% of the salary of the worker for the days worked during the training period.
  • The grant application, training outline and contract must be completed and signed BEFORE the effective date of hire or promotion for each employee.
  • Current employees, who are being promoted, must receive a wage increase of at least 5% at the beginning of the contract period.
  • On-the-job training is generally provided on site by a supervisor or co-worker.
  • Each employee participating in the OJT must be paid the wage that would be paid to a fully-trained employee during the entire training period.
  • Employees must work full-time—at least 35 hours per week; the OJT grant does not apply to part-time or temporary employees.
  • The grant is provided to assist the employer in paying the higher wage and to provide training for the employee that will help the individual both now and in the future.
  • Through the OJT opportunity, the State’s goal is to increase job skills in the workforce.
  • The Chamber will partner with the Tompkins County Workforce Investment Board and the Tompkins County One-Stop Center to assist employers with recruitment, hiring, skill assessment and evaluation, training plans, record keeping, and best practices for employee retention.
  • OJT grants require a signed contract and completion of all related paperwork, such as payroll records, daily time sheets, and skills assessment.
  • OJT eligibility does not require membership in the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce; all businesses and organizations are welcome to participate in this training grant opportunity.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss the OJT, please contact Marilyn Mazza at or at (607) 882-5223.

The Chamber is extremely pleased to bring our tax dollars back to this community to help businesses thrive and individuals succeed. As the recipient of $140,000 in funding, this award to the Chamber is for the benefit of our entire community.

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