The Alabama Career Center System, Central Alabama Works, Bullock County Career Tech, and Bullock County Development Authority partnered to present their Lunch and Learn Workshop on Wednesday, August 4th. Rev. Hawthorne Reed, Board Member of Central Alabama Works, led off the meeting explaining the goal is to bring industry, job seekers, students, and service providers together to find solutions for workforce needs.

David Padgett with the Bullock County Development Authority explained; “We invited employers to come in and hear about free career services that are offered through the Alabama Career Center, particularly the State OJT program. We plan to continue the collaboration with Dr. Marvin Lowe, Director of Career & Technical Education at Bullock County Schools and offer our county employers more Lunch and Learn opportunities moving forward.”

The Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce administers the On-The-Job Training (OJT) program which gives individuals an opportunity to learn job skills and allows employers to train new employees while saving money on training costs.

Based on the number of employees, employers may receive up to a seventy-five (75) percent reimbursement of hourly wages paid to a trainee for a period up to 1000 Hours.

The goals of the OJT program are permanent employment upon successful completion of training; placement into occupations that are long-term, and to build a skilled workforce for a growing Alabama economy.

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