What kind of training is allowable?
The Workforce Training Fund imposes few restrictions on training. What is taught, how it is taught, and when it is taught is up to the employer. There are no rigid standards for subject matter or hours of instruction. The duration of training may be up to two years.
Will the Fund pay for existing training that my company is already doing?
No, grants will not be provided to subsidize existing, ongoing training that would likely take place without a grant. However, grants will be awarded for projects that will supplement existing investment in training.
Training must be job specific and programs such as an elementary new employee orientation will not be funded, nor will a training program designed exclusively to meet an existing mandate, such as OSHA training.
Will the fund pay for apprenticeship training or training leading to state licensing?
The Workforce Training Fund does not fund union-sponsored apprenticeship training as it is mandated training and the cost of training is paid by union members as part of their dues, nor does the program fund state- mandated training.
The Workforce Training Fund will consider funding training if it is above and beyond the training required or mandated for state or union certification. However, it is the responsibility of the applicant to differentiate, in the application, the proposed training from the mandated training.
Is it necessary to train all of my employees in order to receive a grant?
No. In fact, most successful proposals focus on a limited number of employees to be trained. The goal is to design a training proposal that fits a clearly defined and well-focused training need or set of training needs in your organization.
Is computer training allowed?
Training in end-user computer skills like Windows, Excel and Access may be considered if it will provide computer skills that were not previously required to employees. Applicants must distinguish these skills from the basic skills previously required of workers.
Training in more advanced end-user skills or training for IT system administrators is allowable if additional capabilities will result and training would not be expected take place if a grant was not awarded. In cases where this is a difficult distinction, applicants may wish to seek funds to pay an appropriate portion of training fees, agreeing to cover the rest out-of-pocket. The rationale used to determine the appropriate portion should be described. Fees paid for by the company may be attributed to matching funds.
What are allowable training costs under a Workforce Training Fund grant?
Allowable training costs include those expenses that will occur during the course of the training grant period. They may include fees for training vendors, tuition, and supplies used exclusively for training. Other training-related expenses may be attributed to company matching funds.
There is no minimum or maximum amount that the program will invest per employee, but applications will be judged on cost effectiveness.
Grants will not be awarded to subsidize a company’s on-going training expenses. Grant funds may supplement but not replace private investment in training. In cases where it is difficult to distinguish training that would take place without a grant from closely-related training that would not otherwise take place, applicants may wish to seek funds to pay an appropriate portion of training fees, agreeing to cover the rest out-of-pocket. The rationale used to determine the appropriate portion should be described. Fees paid by the company may be attributed to matching funds.
Is training through our company’s tuition reimbursement program allowable?
Training through your company’s established tuition reimbursement program is not allowable. Workforce Training Fund grants seek to deliver skills-based training to incumbent workers. No additional consideration will be made for courses that are also academic credit-bearing or certificate granting programs.
Are employees’ wages while in training an allowable training cost?
Employees’ wages are not an allowable grant-funded expense. Trainee salary and fringe during training hours may be attributed to company matching funds requirements.
May training funds be used to pay for the costs of certification associated with the proposed training?
No. Funds can be used to pay for the direct cost of delivering training, but not for the costs of certification following the training. For example, the Workforce Training Fund will pay for ISO training costs, but not the cost of ISO certification.