Skills Development - Program Overview

Skills Development is Texas’ premier job-training program. Skills Development provides grants to community and technical colleges to provide customized job training programs for businesses who want to train new workers or upgrade the skills of their existing workforce.

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Skills Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund is designed to meet the training needs of businesses located in Texas with grant-funded training, with public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards, and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) as eligible grant applicants on behalf of the businesses. During Fiscal Year 2020, the Texas Workforce Commission approved initiated a specialized training program in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 Special Training Initiative continues through Fiscal Year 2021 alongside the Skills Development Fund while funding lasts.

The Office of Employer Initiatives – Skills Development Fund Outreach and Project Development Team works with businesses and training providers to support application development and submission. The Skills Development Fund and Self-Sufficiency Fund Grants Team provides grant management support.  If you have any questions, please send an email to or reach out to a Regional Representative through the Skills Development Fund Outreach Team MapPDF.

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Skills Development helps:

  • Businesses and employers create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workforce
  • Trainees acquire new skills or upgrade existing skills to advance their careers

A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with an eligible college or Workforce Board to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with eligible college or Workforce Board partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, and the college administers the grant.

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TWC prepares Skills Development Fund Annual Reports by Fiscal Year:

Skills Development Fund Effectiveness Study 2020PDF

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Authority & Funding

Skills Development is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, and success is achieved through collaboration with businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

The program is funded by appropriations from the Texas Legislature.

The program is governed by the following rules and regulations:

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