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August 11, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces On The Job Training Initiative 

New Program Helps Prepare District Residents for Jobs Through Training and Partnerships

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announces the launch of a new One City On-the-Job Training (OJT) Employment Initiative to encourage employers to hire new workers while subsidizing the cost of retraining workers in new skills that are needed in today’s workplace. The goal of this initiative is to help move District residents into full-time jobs, while at the same time helping employers gain access to talented District workers.

“I am committed to increasing employment and training opportunities for all District residents, and the One City OJT Employment Initiative is another innovative tool for connecting residents with jobs in this uncertain economy,” said Mayor Gray. “This initiative encourages both private-sector and non-profit employers to hire, train, and retain District job seekers interested in getting back to work. It also offers returns on investments for employers who commit time and other resources to train and hire employees.”

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) will preselect and screen eligible participants and subsidize their work with participating employers for up to the first six months of OJT employment. This initiative is part of a $627,000 National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. DOES is committed to successfully partnering with employers to implement the program in the District.

DOES Director Lisa M. Mallory added, “The One City OJT Employment Initiative is a win-win for job seekers and employers. For many employers, retraining of workers is a major business expense that they cannot afford. Partnering with DOES will help employers offset most of these associated costs. These investments add to our city’s economic growth.”

Employers who participate in the initiative and hire residents who meet all eligibility requirements will receive a reimbursement of 50 percent or more of the new hire’s gross wages during their training period. Participating employers define the employment opportunity, interview job candidates and make all hiring and retention decisions.
Interested employers should contact DOES at 202.698.5146 or by email at does.ojt-initiative@dc.gov.