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The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers. Funding for the program is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.
The Skills Development Fund program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job-training projects. This fund successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skills levels and wages of the Texas workforce.
As a Texas employer, you are the focus of the Skills Development Fund. You provide two things — a desire to collaborate with the other partners involved with the project and the commitment to see the project through to completion.
To be considered for a Skills Development Fund grant, the private business, business consortium or trade union must:
Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000. Tuition, curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials can be included, however, trainee wages, drug testing and certain travel cost and equipment purchases cannot be covered. Contract typically are for 12 months.
During fiscal year 2016, TWC:
Collaboration between businesses, Workforce Development Boards, and economic development and training partners is required. Criteria considered in making funding recommendations include:
In addition to identifying your training needs and the number of employees to be trained, you must provide information about your business. The specific items required from participating employers are identified in the Private Partner Information form below, which is a required component of a complete proposal submission.
TWC Business Outreach and Project Development Team