SMART’S FAQS ON THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

The purpose of the On-the-Job Training Program is to reduce the cost of training new employees. In this program, companies provide the employee’s new hire training and are reimbursed half of the employee’s wage during the training period.

This sounds good. What’s expected of my company if I sign up for this? Your company is expected to hire a full-time employee (at least 35 hours a week), train the employee and keep them on after the On-the-Job Training Program ends. To participate, you would agree to work with Smart to develop a training plan for your new employee, to supervise the employee, to evaluate training progress, to give Smart copies of time sheets and payroll stubs during the training period, and to keep the employee on after the training. With your input, Smart develops the training plan, writes the contract and monitors the worksite during the training period. Our goal is to keep the process simple and the program easy to use.

Will my company qualify? If you’ve been operating in Shasta County for at least a year, have someone on staff to supervise and train a new employee, and intend to offer your new employee a long-term job with the same benefits and working conditions as others doing the same type of work, your company qualifies. Your company will not qualify to participate if you do not have a California Employer ID, if you do not have Worker’s Compensation Insurance coverage, if you’ve had a layoff in the last 4 months, or if you have accessed On-the-Job Training before and did not keep the employee on after the contract.

Do I have to hire an employee through the Smart Center to access on-the-Job Training? You do have to hire an employee, but you don’t have to hire through Smart. Your company can interview and hire candidates you select on your own and still access On-the-Job Training. However, Smart will need to be involved before the new employee starts work. If you have someone you are interested in hiring, send them over to one of our Smart Centers.

How much money will Smart reimburse my company? That answer depends on the wage you pay and the length of the training period. If you hire a full-time employee at $10/hour for a 3 month training contract, Smart will reimburse $5/hour for hours worked during training which could total $2,595. Smart does not reimburse your company for time the employee does not work such as sick days or holidays.

How does the reimbursement work? Your company will give Smart copies of the employee’s time sheets and payroll stubs at the end of each calendar month. Smart will send you a check for half of the employee’s wages for time worked.

Who has access to my company’s payroll information? Your privacy and that of your employees is protected! Smart maintains strict confidentiality in this and all program matters.

Anything else I should know? Yes. No more than 25% of a company’s employees can participate in Smart training programs at one time.

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