Hiring and training reliable employees can be costly. Funds are available through the North Country Workforce Development Board to financially assist employers with training new employees on-the-job or upgrading the skills of current workers.

On-The-Job Training (OJT)

  • Provides employers with an incentive to hire, train, and upgrade individuals who may lack the skills and/or experience for a particular job.
  • On the Job Training is for occupations where classroom training is not available or not appropriate and for which specific job skills can be learned while engaged in productive work.
  • Individual must be trained and retained for a full time position.
  • Reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible new employee wages during the entire training, up to six months, based on the training offered.

Interested in training opportunities for current employees? An upgrade OJTs defrays the cost of training a current employee when that training would:

  • Improve the employee's skills
  • Provide them with a clearly defined step up the career ladder
  • Result in a higher post-training wage of at least 10%

Custom Training

Customized training is designed to meet the special need of an employer or a group of employers. It is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ (or in the case of incumbent workers) continue to employ an individual upon successful completion of training, and for which the employer pays not less than 50 percent of the cost of training. Customized training may only be provided for employees that are not earning a self-sufficient wage.

The costs of a customized training program should be inclusive of all reasonable costs to the business that are necessary for the provision of such customized training program services. Since these costs are required match, they are subject to verification and audit.

The following are a match for Customized Training contracts:

  • Cost of instruction
  • Cost of an instructor
  • Wages of the employees being trained while they are in training
  • Cost of curriculum development associated with the training course
  • Training materials and books, as needed for the course

Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)

About The NYS Eligible Training Providers List

The New York State Eligible Training Provider List (NYS ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and continues under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The purpose of the ETPL is to present a broad and diverse selection of training choices to support employment goals of individuals.

Inclusion on the NYS ETPL, in itself, does not guarantee that WIOA funds are available for enrollment in an eligible offering. The availability of WIOA funding for enrollment is based on many factors including assessment of an individual's employment needs. Individuals who are interested in determining if they qualify for WIOA training funding must contact a New York State Career Center.

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If you are interested in our Customized Training program, please contact the Business Services

Representative at: NYS Department of Labor, 194 US Oval Plattsburgh, NY 12903. (518) 561-0430 ext. 3058