Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help eligible people with disabilities prepare for, obtain or maintain employment.
The On-the-Job Training, or OJT, program provides opportunities for qualified OVR customers to enter into employment. OVR recognizes there are costs associated with training an employee to learn a new job. The OJT program will provide reimbursement of a percentage of an OVR customer's wages to absorb some of these training costs. OVR staff will be available at no cost to provide support and resources to facilitate a successful outcome for both the business and the OVR customer.
OVR can provide technical support and certification of additional business tax credits when employers hire qualified, job-ready OVR customers.
Questions and Answers
1. WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE ELIGIBLE?
Any employer in good standing with local, state and federal laws that is able to provide on-the-job training.
2. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT TO EMPLOYERS?
The benefits to an employer include the opportunity to interview and select from pre-screened, qualified, OVR customers and reimbursement of an OVR customer's wages for the duration of the agreed-upon training period.
3. WHO QUALIFIES?
Any job-ready customer referred by OVR.
4. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PERIOD?
If performance standards are met, the OVR customer will be retained as a permanent employee with the employer taking over 100 percent of wages.
5. HOW MUCH PAPERWORK?
An OJT contract and invoices for the wage reimbursement must be signed.
6. WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TRAINING PERIOD?
A timeframe will be agreed upon by the employer and OVR.