Building a skilled workforce is critical to the success of any business. To this end, the Commonwealth offers several programs to assist businesses in training workers.
The Workforce Training Fund Program allows companies to apply for funds to train their existing employees. Training grants can be for a few employees using off-the-shelf, existing training courses offered by public and private training vendors or programs customized to meet the specific training needs of the company. Grants are limited to $250,000.
The On-the-Job Training Program provides companies an opportunity to hire new employees for a training period – usually up to six months – during which the program will subsidize up to 50% of the employees’ wages.
The Apprentice Training Program provides an individual with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to succeed in one of 850 occupations. The program provides employers with a chance to bring on talented, dedicated individuals who are committed to gaining the skills and experience that will make them a valuable asset to the company. Apprentice training programs typically include 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 150 hours of related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship training varies according to trade, but generally ranges from one to five years.