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.
- First, your company must meet the overall qualifications for the Program ...
- 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.
- First-time applicants with an employee turnover rate greater than 50% may be declared ineligible.
- Prior grant recipients with an employee turnover greater than 40% may be declared ineligible.
- 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 a Statement of Eligibility Memorandum of Agreement confirming that all of the above requirements will be met and are subject to verification.
- Then, your company must qualify for the specific training program it is interested in obtaining for its employees -- either Basic Skills Training or Information Technology Training.
Basic Skills Training Qualifications
- Employers must be manufacturing or technology-based 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).
- Employees must be frontline employees or first-level supervisors.
- On-the-job, product-specific sales training and orientation training do not qualify for the program.
- Funds cannot be used to address workplace adult literacy needs.
Information Technology Training Qualifications
- All companies are eligible for IT 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 IT-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.
- Introductory IT, introductory applied manufacturing and sales training courses are not eligible. MS Office software training does not qualify as this training is considered basic skills training and is eligible for that program.