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Workforce Training

If your organization is facing a workforce skill shortage, then you may be interested in learning more about our grant-funded skills training options:

Frederick BusinessWORKS

Frederick BusinessWORKS is an effort to support both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase both participants' and companies' competitiveness.   This program offers reimbursement for incumbent worker training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within a company, or to acquire skills necessary to avert a layoff. Training activities must be specific to the occupational skills of existing workers, and relate to the strategic goals and objectives of the company. 

Business Requirements:

The business will develop training projects and select the most appropriate training vendor prior to completing an application.   Applications are submitted to Frederick County Workforce Services in advance of the training.  

For approved training projects, FCWS will reimburse the business for 50 percent of the actual training costs ($1 for $1 match from the employer).   Reimbursement is provided after the training is complete and the business submits the required documentation.

Training Requirements:

The training needs and costs must be reasonable, necessary and clearly related to the purposes and activities of the business.    

Priority is given to training that results in participants receiving an industry recognized credential, leads directly to a promotion and/or wage increase, or averts a layoff.

Training funds are only available to cover the cost of tuition and training materials.  Travel costs, capital costs, and business equipment are not able to be reimbursed.
In general, training should be short term in nature, not to exceed 4 months in duration.   Training activities must be specific to the job, increase the occupational skill levels of existing workers, and relate to the strategic goals and objectives of the company.

Employee Criteria:

Training will be approved for full-time employees that are working at a Maryland location.

All trainees funded with this program will be required to complete a profile in Maryland Workforce Exchange (www.mwejobs.maryland.gov).  

Additional information will be collected including a picture ID and salary verification.

Employees receiving a salary higher than $80,000 per year are only approved for funding when participating in a group training where a majority of participants fall below that salary.   
 
Note: Funding is based on availability. Businesses are invited to apply for funds anytime employee training is considered. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and must meet criteria.

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Targeted Industry Training

Are you anticipating growth within your company (or industry) that will require you to fill multiple skilled positions? Using grant funds, we can support class-sized training for in-demand industries and occupations. Through collaboration with our educational partners and employers, we can develop a tailored class to address specific skill needs and train a pipeline of prospective employees.

An example of targeted industry training is a 5 week, customized and intensive welding program that offers trainees welding certification, workplace skills building, and employment opportunity upon successful completion of the program. For our training candidates, we incorporate prescreening and assessment, thus ensuring the most successful outcomes.

On-the-Job Training

We also have grant funding available to support individual hires in experience-based and/or classroom-based, on-the-job training (OJT) through a short-term wage subsidy. This option allows you to train prospective employees to meet the specific skill requirements of your organization – and save money in the process. Learn  more.

Contact our Business Services Team for more information: 301.600.2255 or businessinfo@frederickcountymd.gov.