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Workforce Training

Customized Training Cash

On-The-Job Training Cash

  • Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers can help offset training costs for new employees through the WIN On-the-Job Training (OJT) activity. Businesses may be reimbursed for up to half of a new employee’s wages while the employee learns the job, on the job.
  • OJT Participant Criteria
    • New employees covered by an OJT agreement must be unemployed or underemployed as determined by the WIN Job Center.
    • Training Rules
      • Reimbursement depends on the wages paid to new employees and the length of training.
      • The length of training is negotiated based on the skills necessary to perform the job(s) and the new employees’ existing skills.
      • Limited to no more than 50% of the total workforce or new hires.
      • The maximum length of training is limited to no more than six months or 1040 hours.
      • Businesses that relocate and lay off workers at another location may not receive an OJT for 120 days after relocating.
      • Other OJT rules and record keeping requirements can be obtained from the WIN Job Center.
    • The community college and/or WIN Job Center will work with the company to develop and negotiate a training and service plan and funding agreement.

Applicant/Employee Assessment

  • Community colleges can assist a business through their performance appraisal processes. An array of assessment tools can be used for a quick, confidential evaluation of an applicant’s work-related and/or academic skills. Work skills aptitude assessments include verbal, numerical, and spatial aptitudes, nonverbal reasoning, form perception, clerical perception, and color discrimination. Assessments may also include performance surveys designed to project employee work ethics, reliability and motivational components. An ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a credential based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs.

Pre-Employment Training

  • Pre-employment training matches candidates with specific jobs. Candidates must successfully complete a specific training curriculum developed by the business and college training professionals. The curriculum may include work ethics, appropriate dress, work expectations, and technical skill requirements. Candidates who do not meet training requirements, such as those who receive low scores on attendance and cooperation, may be identified prior to interviews and hiring.