Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Local Business Utilizes OJT Program to Hire, Train and Promote Employees

Approximately three years ago, the owner of a local commercial cleaning franchise business (System 4) contacted Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) in need of a qualified worker to become a Field Consultant with the company. At the suggestion of a business consultant at FCWS, System 4 decided to participate in the FCWS On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. Through this program, employers agree to train an unskilled or under-skilled employee and during the training period (typically three months), the employee’s salary is partially covered through grant funding obtained by FCWS.

The FCWS job seeker selected to join System 4 and participate in the OJT has since been promoted and earned a national sales award with the company. When this individual was promoted, the transition created a new opening within the company, which was filled by another FCWS OJT candidate. After a period of time, the second OJT hire was promoted as well and the cycle continued, leading to a third hire in October 2009.

By participating in the OJT program, System 4 has saved time and money in recruitment costs, improved skills within its workforce and boosted morale by creating internal advancement opportunities for employees. To find out how the FCWS On-the-Job Training program can make a difference in your organization, please call (301) 600-2255.