On the job program and apprentice
Are you aware of the fact that, in an on the job or apprentice training program you can use the GI Bill? You can use your GI Bill benefits as an alternative way as GI Bill offers, if you are currently in the guard / reserve or veteran. Here is the brief of GI Bill benefits.
You can get additional benefits instead of your regular salary that is you can receive monthly training benefits from the department of veteran affairs when you are trained for new job. For your zip code you can receive up to 100% of the housing stipend, if you are using post-9/11 GI Bill.
Depending on the amount of time veterans are enrolled in the program, GI Bill participants will be paid by the VA.
We can take an example to understand this: – In 2014-2015, for the six month of training you may get $1287.75 monthly if you are using MGIB program. For the second six month of training you will receive $ 944.35 monthly and for the remaining training you will get $600.95.
For first six months of training, You will receive 100 % monthly housing stipend, for the second six month of training you will receive 80%,for the third six month of training you will get 60% ,for the fourth six month of training you will receive 40% and for the rest of your training you will get 20%.
On a similar scale at the reduced rates selected GI Bill participants will be paid by VA .The following reduced rates are:-For the first six month of training $275.25 monthly, for the second six month of training $201.85 monthly and for the rest of training $128.45.
Jobs to qualify:-
- The employer may be local, private or state government.
- At least 50% of the time you must be supervised.
- Documentation and reports are must during training.
- To become fully trained at least six month training is required in the job.
- The training should provide at least an entry level job.(Do not qualify the training programs which are based on management )
- You should be new to the job or you can say recently hired(1 to 2 years)
- You should be completely new to that field it means you should not have any job experience in that field.
- You should not be commission based employee rather you should be full time paid employee which is must.
Participation of the following companies in on job training or apprentice programs:-
The list of the names of the companies who have participated in the programs in the past:-
- Local Fire Departments
- Bell south
- Pirelli Tire co.
- Cessna Aircraft
- Proctor & Gamble co.
- Lockheed martin corp.
- Merck Pharmaceuticals
- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
- of corrections (prisons, detention center)
- Pratt and Whitney Engine co.
- Law Enforcement (Sheriff, police ,state control)
- Local Union Joint Apprenticeship and training commissions
The eligibility criteria would depend on the decision of the GI Bill which will check the eligibility under the active duty or the reserve programs of GI Bill and:
- If you are not under active duty
- If you got promoted recently or newly joined
- If for Montgomery GI Bill you have resigned from your job 10 years ago or the same for 15 years because of post-9/11 GI Bill
- If you possess membership of guard or reserve(Reserve GI Bill)
A person can apply for GI Bill benefit and will be eligible for GI Bill, if he has been recently hired or in an apprentice program. You will see even in few cases VA has paid for last 1 year subsequently for OJT.
What next step should be taken:-
The VA or Local State Approving Agency (SAA) which is nearest should be contacted in the next step. SAA can clear your doubts by answering your questions and provide you help about the process to start.