Hiring Incentives & Tax Credits

On-the-Job Training Grants

What is On-the-Job Training (OJT)?

OJT grants assist employers with the cost of hiring and training a new employee. The OJT program enables you to hire new employees and train them at your place of business while being reimbursed a percentage of the new employee's wages during training. This program is a wise, cost-effective way to staff positions with job-ready, pre-screened applicants. You interview the job seeker, you make the hiring decision.

Who can access OJT Grants?

OJT grants are available to private companies and non-profit organizations. Government employers are not eligible. OJT grants are subject to employer / employee eligibility and available funding.

What are the benefits of OJT Grants?

  • Reduce your costs of hiring and training
  • Provide pre-screened applicants for your open position - you decide who to hire
  • Reimburse you for a percentage of the wages during the training period
  • Job Order Form

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The WOTC is an employer-friendly benefit for hiring job seekers most in need of employment. By participating in the WOTC program, employers make the hiring decision, complete minimal paperwork to claim the tax credit, and can hire as many new individuals who qualify for these tax savings. Some employees do not qualify the employer for the WOTC. They include relatives and dependents, majority owner of the employer, former employees.

If you qualify for the WOTC, New Jersey has launched a new online application for the WOTC program. What used to be a lengthy, tedious, paper-based process is now easy, efficient, and paper free. Complete the online application and you can get certification for the federal tax credit in as little as 48 hours!

To learn more about the WOTC, please visit the WOTC website or call the Business Services Specialist at the Burlington County One-Stop Career Center.

The WOTC can be as much as

  • $2,400.00 for each new adult hire
  • $1,200.00 for each summer youth hire
  • $4,800.00 for each new disabled veteran hire
  • $9,000.00 for each new long-term temporary assistance to needy family recipient over a 2 year period

Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Fact Sheet on 9 eligible groups

Federal Bonding

In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for "at-risk", hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer.

The Federal Bonding Program is insurance to protect employer against employee dishonesty. It covers any type of stealing: theft, forgery, larceny, and embezzlement. In effect, it is a guarantee of worker job honesty and an incentive to the employer to hire an at-risk job applicant. It DOES NOT cover "liability" due to poor workmanship, job injuries, work accidents, etc. It is NOT a bail bond or court bond needed in adjudication or a bond needed for self-employment (contract bond, license bond or performance bond).

For more information and answers to why fidelity bonding is needed for job placement, who is eligible for bonding services and how bonds can be accessed under the program, visit the Federal Bonding Program at or call the Burlington County One-Stop Career Center.