The Worker Training Board has set its tentative schedule for 2017.
First quarter grant applications: Deadline 12/31/16; The Board will meet 1/25/17
All applications must be submitted electronically beginning in 2017
Second quarter applications: Deadline 3/31/17; The Board will meet 4/26/17
Third quarter applications: Deadline 6/30/17; The Board will meet 7/26/17
Fourth quarter applications: Deadline 9/30/17; The Board will meet 10/25/17
This Program is designed to support the retraining and upgrading of existing workers, currently employed in, or being trained for, high quality,
long term jobs that enhance business productivity.
The Worker Training Program is a business incentive program to support the retraining and upgrading of Nebraska’s current workforce. Training is central to preparing Nebraskans to excel in the workplace and in marketplace today and in the future.
The goal is to broaden the state’s skill pool through grants for training projects that help build productivity, enhance earning capacity and job security. Training improves the quality of our goods and services and provides skills needed in today’s workplaces that benefit Nebraska.
Individual businesses decide the type of training needed and how long the training project will take. Companies also decide who will provide training.
All established, Nebraska, for-profit businesses that contribute to the State Unemployment Insurance Trust (SUIT) fund are eligible. Reimbursable employers to the state Unemployment System may participate if partnered in a consortium with contributory employers, with a significant percentage of those being trained coming from contributory employers.
Check your quarterly Unemployment Insurance Contribution Report and contact your business Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.).
By completing a training grant application. The application is designed for ease of use and will help us in developing a profile of your training project.
The Worker Training Board meets quarterly (Mid- January, April, July and October). Beginning each quarter, completed applications are reviewed up until two weeks prior to Board meetings.
The amount of grant funding available quarterly is distributed on the basis of size of firm, type of industry, geographic location, and demand occupations that broaden the skill pool and benefit the local and state economy.
Grant funds are available for the training and retraining of the existing Nebraska workforce. We are unable to reimburse for training that has already taken place.
Minimum employer matching funds should be at least equal to the amount of funding requested. Matching funds greater than 1:1 (2:1, 3:1, 4:1 etc.) display a commitment to training. Wages paid, space rental or equipment used may be considered as an in-kind (matching) contribution.
The Worker Training Board meets and makes recommendations each quarter. Applications are reviewed up until two weeks before the Board meetings March 31, June 30, Sept. 30, Dec 31.
Training may begin at any time after the deadline date. However, Board recommendation and the Governor's approval are needed to receive funding. If your training depends on grant funds, you should wait until receiving notification of approval. The reimbursement process will not begin until 45 days after the completion of the training.
The Program grants funding for tuition and fees, preferably to established, certified, accredited or licensed Nebraska training providers. Training projects may be classroom, laboratory, on the job, workplace or work center -based. Any instructional materials purchased for the training project must remain publicly accessible and we would ask you to share any "lessons learned".
Transportation, meals, lodging; past training costs, corporate-mandated training, constructing buildings, purchasing equipment, paying your or employees wages and salaries.
The training project is developed by the employer and we see employers as fully vested partners. As partners, we want to help to make the training work best for you. Project performance reviews can be conducted through correspondence, teleconference or on-site visit.
The review is outcome-driven (i.e. how is the project going, what worked well, what successes were achieved; job skills gained; retention/advancement, how can we improve the Program…) not compliance-audit driven. Let us know what documentation is readily available for joint review.
Some of the projects to date include:
The length of time for a specific project is determined by the employer. Projects have been proposed which range from three days to two years. The Program cannot insure ongoing funding for multi-year projects but employers may resubmit Applications for additional funding or prioritize and submit component part of an overall project.
Yes. Technical assistance will be provided upon request by calling (402) 471 - 9977.
Information on the Program and training grant application forms can be obtained by calling the Program office at (402) 471-9977. Requests for information are sent out within days.