Employment Service Guide – C-800: Employer Training Services

C-801: About Employer Training Services

Other services that benefit employers are supported by a variety of funding sources, many of which focus on training services for employers, such as:

  • On-the-Job (OJT) training
  • Customized training
  • Skills Development Fund
  • Self-Sufficiency Fund
  • Work experience
  • Internships

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C-802: On-the-Job Training

Boards must be aware of the following:

Employers benefit from OJT by receiving a sliding scale reimbursement percentage (based on the size of the employer) of the job seeker’s wages during the training period, while having the services of a full-time employee. 

OJT provides unique opportunities for job seekers who already have some job-related skills, including the opportunity to “learn as they earn.”  By participating in training as an employee, the participant acquires new skills and knowledge and receives the same wages and benefits as current employees in the same or similar positions.

OJT focuses on:

  • Jobs that use new technologies, production or service procedures
  • Upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills or workplace literacy
  • Other appropriate purposes identified by the Board

Additionally:

  • The employer can be in the public, private nonprofit or private sector.
  • OJT provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
  • The employer is reimbursed a portion of the individual’s wage for the additional costs of providing the training and the increased supervision related to the training.
  • OJT is limited in duration as determined by the Board, based on the occupation for which the participant is training, the participant’s prior work experience and the service strategy.  OJT generally does not exceed six months.

For more information, see WD Letter 06-14PDF and its five attachments, issued on August 21, 2014, and On-the-Job Training.

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C-803: Customized Training

Boards may offer customized training, which benefits an employer by tailoring training programs to the specific needs of the employer, especially by introducing new technologies or procedures.  Current employees can participate in customized training to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

Customized training is:

  • Designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (or group of employers)
  • Conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ the individual on successful completion of the training

On November 10, 2009, the Department of Labor extended and modified a waiver that allows TWC to replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-required 50 percent employer match for customized training with a 10 to 50 percent sliding scale contribution based on the size of the business.  Boards choosing to implement this waiver must adhere to the following sliding scale:

  • No less than 10 percent contribution for employers with 50 or fewer employees
  • No less than 25 percent contribution for employers with 51–250 employees
  • No less than 50 percent contribution for employers with more than 250 employees

Boards must encourage employers to retain individuals who successfully complete customized training.

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C-804: Skills Development Fund

Boards must be aware of the following:

The Skills Development Fund (SDF) assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job training projects for new and existing employees in local businesses.

Businesses interested in participating in SDF grant projects must partner with one of the following eligible applicants:

  • A public community college
  • A public technical college
  • The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
  • A private, nonprofit, community-based organization (CBO) in partnership with one of the institutions listed above

Businesses and eligible applicants access these funds by submitting a project proposal. See Skills Development Fund for the submission form, program description and links to the rules governing the program.

Trainee eligibility is open to current employees and new hires.  There are no income or occupation eligibility requirements for trainees.

Parties submitting proposals must involve the Board and the local economic development entity in the initial stages of project development through application submission and the implementation of projects approved for funding.  All applicants must include a completed Local Workforce Development Board Review and Comment Form with the submission packet.  Applications must be submitted to TWC’s Workforce Business Services Department.

For additional information, contact Workforce Business Services at 512-463-8844 or skills@twc.state.tx.us, or refer to TWC’s SDF rules at 40 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 803PDF.

 

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C-805: Self-Sufficiency Fund

Boards must be aware of the following:

The Self-Sufficiency Fund (SSF) assists businesses and trade unions by financing the development and implementation of customized job training projects for new and current workers.  SSF grants provide businesses with customized training solutions that support workforce hiring efforts and skills upgrading for current workers.

The purpose of SSF is to provide training for targeted employment opportunities, primarily for adult Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) customers, as well as those individuals at risk of becoming dependent on public assistance.

Businesses interested in participating in a SSF project must partner with one of the following eligible applicants:

  • A public community college
  • A public technical college
  • A statewide extension service
  • TEEX
  • A private, nonprofit CBO

Businesses and eligible applicants access these funds by submitting a project proposal. See Self Sufficiency Fund for Employers for the submission form, program description and links to the rules governing the program.

Parties submitting proposals must involve the Board in the initial stages of project development through application submission and the implementation of projects approved for funding.  All applicants must include a completed Local Workforce Development Board Review and Comment Form with the submission packet.  Applications must be submitted to TWC’s Workforce Business Services Department.

For additional information, contact Workforce Business Services at 512-463-8844 or refer to TWC’s SSF rules at 40 TAC, Chapter 835PDF.

 

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C-806: Work Experience

Boards must be aware of the following.

Work experience is planned, structured learning that occurs in a workplace for a limited period of time.  Work experience can be paid (in which case payment is made directly to the participant) or unpaid, and can be in one of the following sectors:

  • Private, for-profit
  • Nonprofit
  • Public 

Work experience benefits employers by providing:

  • Job seeker screening
  • Training assistance
  • Qualified and productive workers with a strong career interest in the workplace 

Work experience benefits participants by providing them with opportunities for career exploration and skills development.

Boards must ensure that work experience jobs are not entered into WorkInTexas.com.

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