Eligible veterans who leave active duty often make use of their GI Bill benefits to complete their Bachelor’s degree or follow another approved field of study. However, not all GI Bill beneficiaries want to pursue an academic course of study. That is where on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeships come into play. Read on to learn more about how to tap into the little known veteran benefit known as the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will pay a monthly stipend to veterans for on-the-job training, which is tax-free, to help fund their on-the-job training or apprenticeship. To qualify for benefits, eligible GI Bill beneficiaries must meet specific criteria. Veterans must be recently hired, the training that they receive is supervised 50 percent of the time and the work that is performed is full-time, not based on a commission basis.
Many companies participate in the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme, notably, Bell South, Golfstream Aerospace Corp, Comcast, law enforcement professions such as police officers, and state patrol, World Toyota and others. To find out more about whether your company is a participating employer in the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme, contact your local VA office for more details.
To be eligible to participate in the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme as a veteran, you must be able to prove that it has been less than 10 years since you were honourably discharged from the military and therefore no longer on active duty, you recently started a new job or were promoted within the same company.
Veterans who meet all the qualifying criteria for the GI Bill and who have started a new job or apprenticeship, should look into the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme. Many are unaware of this benefit and could be losing out on an extra resource that they are fully entitled to. One of the benefits of taking advantage of the GI Bill On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programme is that veterans can receive extra assistance to train and further their careers. Even if veterans have paid out of pocket expenses for their on-the-job training or for an apprenticeship, they can still apply to VA to see if their expenses will be paid back (sometimes up to a year) in addition to their future expenses that are due.