Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Dollars Go Fast!

Application Submission Starts September 30, 2014

"A robust, motivated, well-educated, and highly trained workforce is critical for the retention and expansion of all businesses in Ohio."

In their efforts to improve their economic competitiveness, employers must find ways to consistently upgrade the skills of their workforce through educational and training opportunities. To this end, the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio's incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of this program is twofold: allow employers to retain and grow their existing Ohio workforce and create a statewide workforce that can meet the present and future demands in an ever changing economy.

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development. Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, classes at an accredited education institution, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer's facility, at the training provider's facility or at a third-party site.

This is a reimbursement program. The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $250,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis by submitting the online application beginning on September 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Pre-applications can be completed and saved until September 29th in preparation for submission on September 30th.

For more information, contact Shannon Vanderpool at 614.644.8560.


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