Employee Skills Training

On-the-Job Training

To help employers get the skilled workers they need, WFS Capital Area can fund on-the-job training for eligible individuals. The new hires will learn job skills while working full-time.

Pending eligibility, we can reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the new hire’s salary for up to six months. Interested employers must commit to hiring and retaining the individuals who successfully complete their training programs.

For more information, please contact Business Solutions.

Subsidized Employment / Work Experience

WFS Capital Area’s Subsidized Employment program can reimburse your company 50% or more on straight-time wages for 8 weeks. The employment may be part time, less than 30 hours per week or full-time, up to 40 hours per week.

How to apply and participate:

  • Contact Business Solutions
  • Complete a simple employer agreement
  • Hire eligible candidates in the Subsidized Employment program

Skills Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund (SDF) assists employers by financing the design and implementation of customized job training projects. The SDF successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skills levels and wages of the Texas workforce.

More information on the Skills Development Fund

To apply for an SDF grant, administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, a private business, consortium of businesses or trade union must identify a training need and partner with a public community or technical college or the Texas Engineering Extension Service to address those specific needs. College partners work with businesses to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The SDF grant pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.

Eligible Travis County grant recipients must coordinate with the Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board in the development and design of the customized training project.  Applicants are required to have their local Workforce Board review and comment on proposals prior to submission.

If you are interested in applying for a Skills Development Fund in the Capital Area and would like more information, please contact Tiffany Daniels at tiffany.daniels@wfscapitalarea.com or 512.597.7129.

Skills for Small Business

As a part of the Skills Development Fund, the Skills for Small Business Program assists employers with less than 100 employees by financing training for full-time employees. Training through the Skills for Small Business program increases business competitiveness, upgrades the skill of current employees and prepares newly hired employees for job requirements.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business Program

Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business Program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas's business community - our small employers. Small businesses can apply directly to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

This exceptional opportunity is in conjunction with the Governor's Small Business Forums. It supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and emphasizes training for new workers. It has the additional ability to upgrade the skills of incumbent works.

  • Emphasizes training newly hired employees - those who have been hired by the business up to three months prior to the date that TWC receives an application.
  • The program pays up to $1,450 for each new employee being trained and $725 for existing employees per 12-month period.
  • Funding for training is for full-time employees.
  • All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). No third-party vendor training is allowed.
  • Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules - credit, continuing education, on-line or other available unpublished courses.
  • May also emphasize training in occupations targeted by Local Workforce Development Boards.
  • Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.
  • Identify new or incumbent employees to be trained.
  • Identify each employee's job/occupation title and corresponding Standard Occupational Classification Code (SOC).
  • SOC codes can be found at http://stats.bls.gov/soc/home.htm
  • Identify employee's wages. Wages must meet prevailing wage for the area where the business is located.
  • Identify the 2-year Public Community or Technical College nearest the business' location.
  • Select training course(s) from the regular credit, continuing education and/or on-line course catalogs (PDF).
  • Determine the business' targeted occupation(s). Skills for Small Business emphasizes training in occupations targeted by the local workforce board.
  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s list of Targeted Occupations can be found here
  • Complete and submit application directly to TWC. E-mail application to SkillsForSmallBusiness@twc.state.tx.us or fax to (512) 463-7187.

For assistance, contact TWC Workforce Business Services staff at (877) 463-1777 or e-mail TWC Workforce Business Services.

Self-Sufficiency Fund

The Self-Sufficiency Fund Program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the development and implementation of customized job training projects for new and current workers. Self-Sufficiency Fund grants deliver businesses customized training solutions that support workforce hiring efforts and skills upgrading for current workers.

The goal of the Self-Sufficiency Fund is to assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or a parent, including a noncustodial parent whose annual wages are at or below $37,000 to obtain training, get jobs, and become independent of government financial assistance.

More information on the Self-Sufficiency Fund Program

To be considered for a grant, the private business, business consortium or trade union must:

  • Partner with an eligible grant applicant, which is a public community or technical college, state extension service, or a private, nonprofit community-based organization that is certified as a 501(c)(3).
  • Be actively involved in the planning and design of the customized training project.
  • Sign an agreement with the grant applicant outlining each entity's roles and responsibilities in the training project, including reporting requirements related to trainee participation.
  • Provide equal employment opportunity documentation as well as information on the occupations for training, employment benefits, wages and social security numbers for trainees.
  • Use WorkinTexas.com to post openings for new workers trained under the project.

Self-Sufficiency Fund grants for projects serving a single business may be limited to $500,000. Tuition, curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials can be included in the grant. Support services such as transportation, childcare, and other work-related expenses for training participants are also eligible costs. Grants are typically 12 months in duration.

Quality training projects will align with legislative direction and match business needs with innovative training solutions. Collaboration between businesses, Local Workforce Development Boards, and training partners is required. Criteria considered in making funding recommendations include:

  • A commitment to help increase the skills levels and wages of trainees.
  • The provision of employment benefits, including medical insurance, for trainees.
  • The level of contributions from other resources that are committed to the project, including those from the private partners.
  • Positive economic impact on the local region.
  • The applicant’s current and past performance on Self-Sufficiency Fund grants.
  • Equitable geographic distribution of funds.
  • Cost per trainee in comparison to the state average.

For more information on the Self-Sufficiency Fund, including the Proposal Submission Packet and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit http://www.twc.state.tx.us.  

For further assistance, email customized training solutions or call 512.463.8844.

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Area - Business Solutions

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