Does Your Company Qualify?

Is Your Company Eligible for the Program?

To obtain job training funding through WEDnetPA, your company must meet the following qualifications.

  1. First, your company must meet the overall qualifications for the Program ...

Employer Qualifications

  • Employers must be based in Pennsylvania or have a significant presence in the state.
  • Participation is limited to two years in a row and three out of the past five years.
  • Training must commence by February 1st or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first. If not, the funds will be forfeited.
  • Point-of-sale retail businesses, gaming establishments, training vendors, employment agencies, government agencies, government-owned facilities, education and nonprofit entities are ineligible.
  • Note: some unions, labor organizations and nonprofit healthcare entities may qualify as exceptions. Please contact a WEDnetPA partner for more information.
  • Applicants with an employee turnover rate greater than 25% are ineligible.

Employee Qualifications

  • Employees must be residents of Pennsylvania and employed in Pennsylvania.
  • Employees must earn at least 150% of current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits.
  • The jobs must be permanent full-time positions eligible for full-time benefits.

Each employer will sign an Applicant Memorandum of Agreement confirming that all of the above requirements will be met and are subject to verification.

  1. Then, your company must qualify for the specific training program it is interested in obtaining for its employees -- either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

Essential Skills Training Qualifications

  • Employers must be manufacturing or technology businesses including Biotech and Environmental-Tech companies.
  • Employers may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees up to $450 per employee and up to $75,000 total per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Executives with company-level decision making responsibilities (budgetary, policy making, etc.) are not eligible for ES funding.
  • On-the-job and orientation training do not qualify for the program.
  • Funds cannot be used to address workplace adult literacy needs.

Advanced Technology Training Qualifications

  • All companies are eligible for Advanced Technology funding (with the exceptions noted in #1 above).
  • Employers may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees up to $850 per employee and $50,000 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • All employees can be reimbursed for Advanced Technology-eligible training regardless of job title, type of company or company size, as long as there is a clear connection between the training and the employee’s current job responsibilities.
  • MS Office and office-type applications do not qualify. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, and Publisher.