Funding Programs for Pennsylvania Companies
you provide your employees with more and better training if you could get some
help with the financing issues?
Many of our clients
find that budgetary constraints are the major obstacle to providing the desired
quality and quantity of training for their employees. If you are looking for
ideas on how to fund your training program, help may be a phone call away.
in the form of state grants is available for many Pennsylvania-based companies
wishing to provide training for their employees.
two main state programs available are:
- Guaranteed Free Training Program
- Customized Job Training program
The Guaranteed Free
Training Program (GFT) is provided by
Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA), This
program provides free job training for basic entry-level skills and advanced
information technology skills for companies who qualify.
GFT program is broken down into two categories: the Basic Skills Program and the
Information Technology Program. Financial grants received through these programs
can used to provide either instructor-led or online training for eligible
employees. You can use this money for training performed in-house or by a
subcontractor (such as APS). Another good source of training may be your local
The Straight Dope on
GFT program allocates up to either $450 (per employee) of Basic Skills Training
or up to $700 (per employee) of Information Technology Training per fiscal year
up to a maximum of $100,000 per company.
reality, last year, most PA companies that applied received up to approximately
$25,000. Essentially, the state starts with a big pool of money and divides it
up among the qualified companies that have applied. As long as you meet the
requirements, you are guaranteed (by the state) to receive a share of the funds.
While this probably wont fund your entire training budget, it may help ease some
pain and may allow you to provide training that you might not be able to afford
information can be found on the www.wednetpa.com
web site, however, we have summarized the basic requirements for eligibility as
must be based in Pennsylvania or maintain a significant presence in the
must be a manufacturing and/or technology-based business, including Biotech
and Environmental-Tech companies.
participating in the training must earn at least 150% of the current minimum
wage, excluding benefits and be permanent full-time employees receiving
full-time benefits and verifiable residents of Pennsylvania and are employed
participating in the training must be front-line employees or first level
supervisors in manufacturing or technology-based companies. (If training
classes are held with a mix of front-line employees and management, the cost
of training is covered pro rata.)
company is also limited to participation in the Guaranteed Free Training
program to two consecutive years and three out of the past five years. You
can check your eligibility at
application process for GFT is relatively simple. You can apply through any
WEDnet rep or give us a call and we will be more than happy to point you in the
right direction and give you our insights on the program as well. All
applications for the upcoming fiscal year must be processed by July 15th. In
some cases, additional funds may be made available at other times of the year.
Give us a call if you would like to know more.
The other major state
program is the Customized Job Training Program (CJT). In our experience, the
application process for this program is a bit more complicated than the GFT program,
but this may be a good source of funding for companies that don't meet the criteria
for GFT or have specialized needs. You may wish to refer to the Customized
Job Training web site for more specific information or feel free to give us
a call and we will be happy to share our insights.
How do you get
first step is the application process. More information can be found on the www.inventpa.com
web site. You may contact your local rep or if you have any questions or would just like to talk about training,
Greg Pancerev at (610) 987-4054 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
note that Applied Performance Strategies, Inc. is not an agent or representative
of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are providing the information on this
page as a free informative service to manufacturing companies in Pennsylvania.
While we strive to ensure that the information on our website is accurate and
current to the best of our knowledge, some errors may occur. Refer to the
official Pennsylvania state documentation for the most accurate