Incumbent Worker Training Program
Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) provides both employers and workers with an opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce. The program is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs so participants can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for employers.The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) sets criteria to determine which workers, or groups of workers, are eligible for IWT services and the cost sharing required for IWT projects and employers.
Employers will propose an IWT program. The training should improve the competitiveness of the employees or both the employer and employees. The majority of the IWT cohort must have an employment history with the employer for at least 6 months.Employers share in the cost of the training based on the number of employees employed, at least:
The remaining training cost-share is funded by WIOA, potentially up to $10,000 per trainee depending on the availability of funds. IWT may be used for underemployed employees and participants in the training cohort are not required to be enrolled in the WIOA program. Priority will be given to training programs for individuals with barriers to employment.
Employer Training Panel
California businesses pay one-tenth of 1% of taxable wages to the State Employment Training Tax of which a portion funds the Employment Training Panel (ETP) to provide employee training cost reimbursement to state businesses. Workforce Santa Cruz County wants to bring money from ETP to your business. ETP can repay your business either:
Requirements for Employment Training Panel Funds to train your existing employees:
You decide what training you want, who provides the training, which staff to train, and when/where to have training.
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