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What funding is available for businesses to train their employees?

Funding via Texas Workforce Commission may be available to cover the cost of training employees for job skills through ACC's Corporate Training Solutions.

Customized training is critical for maintaining the strength of Texas businesses and industry as they strive to remain competitive in a global economy. To support business partners as they achieve this through skills-funded training, the grants emphasize highly technical training curricula, according to the participating business partner's industry. The training, conducted by the college's Corporate Training Solutions, allows for improved employee performance, retention, and advancement.

Two programs are offered by TWC: Skills Development Fund and Skills for Small Business.

Skills Development Funds

For the next two fiscal years (September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015), TWC has $48 million in Skills Development Funds to support high quality, customized job training projects across the state. Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000.

Under the Skills Development Fund program, businesses gain a more highly trained workforce, workers upgrade their skills, and the Texas economy is strengthened. (more info)

Skills Development Fund Training includes:

  • Tailored curriculum
  • Classes conducted at the employer's site or at the college
  • Flexible class schedules to minimize impact to employers
  • Addressing company needs in real time with real situations

Skills for Small Business

This exceptional opportunity supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and emphasizes training for new workers and may help upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. (more info)

Skills for Small Business Training:

  • 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.
  • Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules-credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses.

How does it work?

A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with the college to fill its specific needs. During Fiscal Year 2012, TWC:

  • Awarded 50 Skills Development Fund grants
  • Totaling $22,441,693
  • Served 111 Texas businesses
  • Supported the creation of 5,108 new jobs and
  • Upgrading the skills of 14,732 workers in existing jobs

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