On-the-Job Training (OJT)

When an employer needs to fill a vacant position, they often have the choice of hiring a skilled worker or a worker who is a good fit but needs technical training to function fully in the role. If the employer is willing to hire an individual who has limited experience, an On-the-Job Training contract can reimburse up to 50% of the new hire's wages during a specified training period to offset the extraordinary cost of training. The employer must agree to retain the employee upon successful completion of the training. If you are an interested employer, please see

For more information about the OJT program, contact Nedra Wakefield:


Incumbent Worker Training

The state may enter into an agreement with an employer to provide training to workers whose skills must be upgraded in order to avert worker dislocation. The state program may provide up to 100% of the training costs for this type of training. If you are an interested employer, please print and review the Guidelines then download the PDF fillable Pre-Application form for the Incumbent Worker Application and email it as an attachment to State instructions, guidelines, and FAQ links are listed below.

  1. Overview & Guidelines
  2. Pre-Application
  3. Service to Employers
  4. FAQ's

For more information about the OJT program, contact Maty Patton:


Customized Training

When an employer identifies the need to train a group of job applicants in a specific occupational skill area, the Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development Board may assist with meeting the employer's training needs. A portion of the training may be reimbursed with the agreement that workers will be hired upon successful completion.

Want more information about how we can help you train new hires or upskill existing employees?

Send us an   online inquiry   and a member of our team will get in touch with you soon!

Business Services Contacts:

SETWORKS -    Southeast Tennessee Local Workforce Development Board Staff


Southeast Tennessee Local Area - All 10 Counties

Shannon Willis -    Business Services Team Lead, American Job Center Athens


McMinn, Meigs, Bradley, Polk, and Rhea Counties

Peter Brown -    Business Services Team Lead, American Job Center Chattanooga


 Hamilton, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, and Bledsoe Counties

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