Funding Updates

$300k in Funding Secured for Training Full-Time Employees

By NH Sector Partnerships | May 3, 2018
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Incumbent Worker Training Program Funds Will Give New Hampshire Employers Access to More Than $300k to Train Full-Time Permanent Employees in Construction, Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Technology

The Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is pleased to support the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). Incumbent workforce training programs not only help businesses ensure that their employees have the skills they need to thrive in their work, but it also benefits workers who can use the training as a way to gain the expertise that leads to higher-paying jobs.

Incumbent Worker Training Program overview

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Incumbent Worker Training is designed to provide funding assistance to qualifying employers so they can provide skills training to full-time, permanent employees. The training must be necessary for employers to retain a skilled workforce, improve employee skills, increase the competitiveness of the employee and the employer or retain or avert layoffs of the incumbent workers trained.

Application deadline is June 29.

Eligible training programs

Eligible training programs include but are not limited to:

  • Industry or employer-specific work skills
  • Basic job skills
  • Technical computer skills
  • New manufacturing technologies
  • Equipment operation training
  • Changes in production processes and skills including leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution and management

Employers may select the training provider. Training may be conducted at the employer’s facility, off-site or online.

Incumbent Worker Training Program will cover construction training

Employer expectations

Employers must complete the Incumbent Worker Training Employer Application 30 days prior to the desired start of the training. A contract for the delivery of Incumbent Worker Training will be drafted and must be approved by all parties.

The employer match ranges from 10%-50% and is dependent on the size of the employer. The non-Federal share provided by an employer may include the amount of the wages paid by the employer while the worker is attending training, equipment purchased for training, curriculum development expenses, travel and lodging costs, etc.

Incumbent Worker Training Program funds will cover health care training

Eligibility and restrictions

Employers must train employees that have been with the employer for six months or more. This may include time spent as a temporary or contract worker for the employer. Employees participating in training must be at least 18 years of age, citizens of the United States or non-citizens whose status permits employment in the United States.

The following entities are not eligible for IWT Funding:

  • Employees currently receiving training funds either directly or indirectly from NH state government
  • Non-profit public entities and/or community-based organizations
  • Training providers
  • Labor unions

Employers are encouraged to complete the Incumbent Worker Training application a soon as possible as funds will be available on a first come first served basis.

Applications are due by June 29. 

Download the Application

Incumbent Worker Training FAQ

Incumbent Worker Training Description

About the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI)

NH SPI is a new industry-driven state-wide effort to help New Hampshire businesses in targeted industries address workforce needs. Focusing on five core industries – construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and technology – SPI assists companies in finding funding and training resources that provide employees with improved skills and career advancement opportunities. SPI also helps companies create a network to convene and collaborate with other companies on a regular basis to identify shared hiring, training and retention needs. Connect to your industry here.