Training

Improve morale, productivity, and ultimately, success by utilizing one of our Employer Training Grants.  We have a variety of options open to employers in our region.  Check out each grant below to find out if you qualify, or contact a member of CareerSource Florida Crown to learn more.


Employed Worker Training

An Employed Worker is a working individual seeking retraining or upgrade of existing skills to obtain or retain a job that leads to self-sufficiency. Self-Sufficiency is an LWDB-identified wage that allows one to provide for oneself without the help of others.

From job postings to job fairs, to employed worker training and programs that help disabled veterans transition to a successful civilian career, we have a fully staffed Business Services Department and Career Center to help businesses and job seekers – all at no cost.

  • Someone who is employed but seeks training through a One-Stop Center for assistance in getting a better paying job that leads to self-sufficiency
  • Someone who works for an employer that requests training on their behalf in order to allow the employee to retain employment in a job that leads to self-sufficiency
  • Someone who works for an employer that requests training on their behalf in order to allow an employee who is currently making less than the local self-sufficiency standard to upgrade to a better paying position with that employer
  • Dislocated workers who have become re-employed in “income maintenance” jobs and need the training to get a better paying job that leads to self-sufficiency
  • Employed Worker Training provides opportunities for qualified businesses to train your existing employees in an effort to gain the help your company needs to achieve greater employee retention, maximum productivity and market competitiveness

Employed Worker Training provides opportunities for qualified businesses to train your existing employees in an effort to gain the help your company needs to achieve greater employee retention, maximum productivity and market competitiveness.

Employed Worker Training grant funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The employer must have been operating continuously in Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist or Union Counties for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the date of the application
  • The employer must be fully licensed to conduct business in Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist or Union Counties
  • The employer must have at least one full-time employee
  • The employer must be current on all federal, state, and/or local tax obligations
  • Temporary employment agencies, employment agencies, or employee leasing agencies may not serve as the Employer of record

An employer must also demonstrate financial viability in order to be eligible for the Employed Worker Training grant funds.

TWO OF THE FOUR REQUIREMENTS BELOW MUST BE MET

  • A favorable report from Dunn and Bradstreet
  • SEC 10K schedule
  • Current financial audit or financial compilation prepared and signed by a Certified Public Accountant
  • Two years of Federal Income Tax Returns

WHO CAN APPLY? Any business operating in Columbia, Gilchrist, Dixie or Union Counties; employer applicant must be current on all federal, state, and/or local tax obligations. Other qualifying criteria may also apply. Temporary employment agencies, employment agencies, or employee leasing agencies may not serve as the Employer of record. Below is a summary of the application process – other steps may be required.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Application/Agreement – This is a straightforward document that describes the type and purpose of the training, who will conduct it, as well as how the training will benefit the business and the employees. Note – Additional documentation may be required
  • Trainee Interview –A brief interview lasting about 10 – 15 minutes is needed to assess the appropriate funding per employee to be trained. Additionally, a copy of each person’s Drivers License and Social Security Card is needed
  • Approval – Both the agreement and each individual employee need to be approved
  • Schedule and Start Training – Once approved, the business decides when training starts
  • Follow-up – CareerSource Florida Crown is required to periodically follow up with each employee or the business to measure the success of the program. Follow-up consists of a few basic questions and takes two to five minutes per employee
 

Incumbent Worker Training

An incumbent worker is an individual who is employed, but is not required to meet the eligibility criteria for intensive and training services for employed adults and dislocated workers .

For-profit, small- to mid-sized businesses in Florida may be eligible for grant dollars to help pay for training existing employees. When workers lack needed training and businesses experience skill gaps, the company’s ability to compete, expand, and retain workers can be compromised. Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program, funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and administered by CareerSource Florida (CSF) addresses such needs. The IWT Program was created for the purpose of providing grant funding for continuing education and training of incumbent employees at existing Florida businesses. The program will provide reimbursement grants to businesses that pay for preapproved, direct, training related costs. Currently, companies may receive a reimbursement rate up to 50% or 75% (see. Funding Priorities below for details).

For Employers

  • Increased Competitiveness
  • Skilled Workforce
  • Increased Productivity
  • Increased Profits
  • Company Growth
  • Reduced Turnover

For Employees

  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Increased Job Opportunities
  • Industry Recognized Credentials
  • Job Retention
  • Transportable/Transferrable Skills

A paid employee of the applicant business, or a person working for the business as a staffing agency employee, working at least 37.5 hrs per week and receives a W-2.

Have an established employment history with the employer for six months or more

At least 18 years of age

A citizen of the United States or a non-citizen whose status permits employment in the United States

A Florida resident working at a physical location in Florida; and

Employed 6 months before the signature date of the application

Employees trained under the grant must individually be registered in the Employ

Florida Marketplace

An employer must also demonstrate financial viability in order to be eligible for the Incumbent Worker Training grant funds.

  • Their most recently filed IRS Form 941 (if the business is a Corporation) or a most recently filed copy of the 1040 Income Tax Return with Schedule SE (if the business is a Sole Proprietorship)
  • A letter of Tax Clearance from the Florida Department of Revenue dated within 45 days of application submittal. (Instructions for obtaining this clearance letter are provided on the IWT Application Checklist)
  • Letter of credit from a bank the company has done business with for at least six (6) months. The letter must be on bank letterhead.

The following businesses are not eligible to apply for funds under this program:

  • Not-for-profit agencies or organizations
  • Retail establishments
  • Entities whose administrations are comprised only of volunteers
  • Workforce Development Boards and their administrative entities
  • Labor unions
  • Federal, state, county, or city governmental entities
  • Businesses that received an IWT award in the current or previous program year

For more information on the Incumbent Worker Training Program, click here.


Quick Response Training

The Quick Response Training program provides grant funding for customized, skills-based curriculum development and training, through partial reimbursement, to new or expanding businesses in Florida’s targeted industries.

The program is cited by economic developers as the number one program with the largest impact on their ability to win multi-state contracts. Furthermore, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation have recognized the success of the Quick Response Training program over the past several years in their annual rankings.

The Quick Response Training application process is designed as a collaborative effort between the business requesting training, its chosen fiscal agent – a community or state college, area technical center or state university – and the local economic development organization.

The program is a state-funded grant program that provides funding to qualifying businesses to train their net new, full-time employees. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant, for a 12-month maximum term. A business pays for pre-approved, direct training-related costs and is reimbursed by CareerSource Florida, through the fiscal agent, upon submission of required documentation.

For Employers

  • Increased Competitiveness
  • Skilled Workforce
  • Increased Productivity
  • Increased Profits
  • Company Growth
  • Reduced Turnover

For Employees

  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Increased Job Opportunities
  • Industry Recognized Credentials
  • Job Retention
  • Transportable/Transferrable Skills

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding has been awarded. A notification will be posted on careersourceflorida.com when funds are no longer available.

Businesses Applying for Funding
  • Must be “for profit” and create new, permanent, full-time (35+ hours per week) jobs for Florida workers requiring customized high-level skills training not available at the local level
  • Create new, full-time, permanent, high-quality jobs in qualified targeted industries
  • Require non-degree, specialized skills based training of 12 months or less that is not available at the local level
  • Create high-quality jobs paying an average annual wage of at least 125 percent of local or state private sector wages, whichever is lower, unless the business is located in a distressed urban or rural community, or brownfield area
  • Must produce an exportable (beyond regional markets) good or service
  • Shall provide sufficient documentation for identification of all participants who would have access through the automated student databases
  • May not qualify for funding if relocating from one Florida community to another Florida community

An employer must also demonstrate financial viability in order to be eligible for the Quick Response Training grant funds.

  • The most recently filed IRS Form 941 (if the business is a Corporation) or a most recently filed copy of the 1040 Income Tax Return with Schedule SE (if the business is a Sole Proprietorship)
  • A letter of Tax Clearance from the Florida Department of Revenue dated within 45 days of application submittal.
Funding Priority Given To Businesses:
  • Offering jobs located in a distressed, urban inner city, rural area, or Brownfield area
  • Whose grant proposals have the greatest potential for economic impact that contribute inkind and/or cash matches.
  • On a first-come, first serve basis
Reimbursable Training Expenses

The CareerSource Florida professional team will work with each company individually during the application process to assist in ensuring the courses meet training related needs. Typically, Quick Response Training includes as reimbursable expenses a portion of instructors’/trainers’ salaries, curriculum development, textbooks/manuals, customized, skills based online training, domestic travel for trainers or trainees, and other costs. Trainee wages are not included as an allowable reimbursement expense. CareerSource Florida will determine an approved per-trainee reimbursement amount based upon the industry, wage, location and reimbursable expense amounts. The actual reimbursement to the company is calculated based on the number of new hires that have completed training and the approved amount per trainee.

For more information on the Quick Response Training program, click here.

Targeted Industries

Quick Response Training Targeted Industries

 

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