Funding may be available to help you pay for your training courses.

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California Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. (

Program Overview

ETP is a business and labor-supported state agency that funds the costs of vocational training. ETP is governed by an 8 member Panel. ETP is funded by a tax on employers, collected alongside the Unemployment Insurance tax. ETP receives no General Fund support.

  • The program is funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers, and targets firms threatened by out-of-state competition or who compete in the global economy.
  • The program is performance-based. Employers must provide proof that training hours have been completed and trainees have been retrained in well-paying jobs for a specific period of time at a specified wage before ETP reimburses payment.
  • Since its inception in 1982, ETP has reimbursed employers well over $1 billion for training workers in more than 80,000 businesses.
  • For Incumbent Worker training, employers contribute to the cost of training. ETP also funds training for unemployed workers
  • ETP provides additional incentive to assist small businesses and employers in high unemployment areas of the State.

Who is eligible?

ETP can contract directly with the following entities:

Under its core program, ETP can only fund training for employers that are subject to paying the Employment Training Tax. The core-funded ETP Program is supported by this tax.

Single Employers subject to the Unemployment Insurance tax and having a California Employer Account Number (CEAN) with a prefix of 699 or lower;

Groups of Employers, including Chambers of Commerce, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, Trade Associations or Economic Development Corporations;

Training Agencies include the following educational institutions:

  • Community College or Community College District
  • University or University foundations
  • Adult School
  • Regional Occupational Program
  • Private training agency with at least a two year history of providing training and placement services to the public, and appropriate certification (see right).

Workforce Development Boards (WDB) (formerly Workforce Investment Boards) with the approval of appropriate local elected officials in the local workforce investment areas. The current EDD One-Stop Career Center Listing provides a list of Workforce Development Boards located throughout California; and

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Grant Recipients or WIA Administrative Entities selected pursuant to the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, with the approval of the local Workforce Development Board and the appropriate local elected officials. The current EDD Local Workforce Investment Area Listing of One-Stop Career Centers represents a list of WIA Grant Recipients and Administrative Entities located throughout California.

If you are an individual seeking training or job placement services, you may contact the Employment Development Department, Job Services for information on employment opportunities.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Dual Training Grant

Accepting proposal applications March 12, 2024 – April 22, 2024.


Pairing on-the-job training with related instruction to generate a comprehensive platform for learning. Employers or organizations in the state of Minnesota may apply for grants to reimburse expenses related to instruction toward attaining an indiustry-recognized degree, certificate, or credential for their employees.

How to apply for funding

  1. Visit the the Dual Training Grant Request for Proposal Webpage.
  2. Follow steps under “Applications Steps” on the center of the webpage.
  3. Applicants will be notifed about awards by May 31, 2024.

Minnesota Employment & Economic Development
Partnership Program

Focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees.


Minnesota participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver custom training specific to business needs. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match the grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

Eligible educational institutions must be accredited through institutional or specialized accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Projects average one to three years in duration.

North Carolina (Mecklenburg County)

UpSkill Charlotte Training Grant

Information provided by Charlotte Works.

What is UpSkill Charlotte?
The UpSkill Charlotte Training Grant is a training grant through which qualifying businesses can address employees’ skills  gaps. Employers can qualify for funds to provide training for their existing workers, so they can improve their skills and  move them up into better career opportunities. It allows employers to maximize the potential of their existing  employees who have already demonstrated solid soft skills and a fit to the company culture.

An ideal UpSkill opportunity is one where a participant acquires new skills allowing him or her to move into a higher  skilled and higher paid job within the company, thus allowing the company to hire a job seeker to backfill the incumbent  worker’s position. Priority will be given to training that results in an industry recognized credential.

What employers are eligible for UpSkill Charlotte?
A business that is eligible to apply must be:

  • a Mecklenburg County for-profit and not-for-profit business;
  • that has an employer-employee relationship with the trainees;
  • that has at least 5 or more employees with which there is an employer-employee relationship; • that has been in operation in Mecklenburg County for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline date; and
  • is current on all federal and state obligations; and is financially viable.

What employees are eligible for UpSkill Charlotte?
An incumbent worker must be:

  • at least 18 years of age and a paid employee of the applicant business or businesses;
  • in a relationship that meets the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for an employer-employee; • an employee with an established employment history with the employer for 6 months or more; • a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen whose status permits employment in the United States; • registered in compliance with the Selective Service System (males born on or after January 1, 1960 only); and • an employee to be trained that works at a facility located in Mecklenburg County.

What training may be funded?
The following types of training can be funded:

  • occupational skills training designed to meet the special requirements of a business or a group of businesses; • educational training defined as short courses that address the identified skills gaps and could lead to a credential or to an industry-recognized certification;
  • training as part of an approved apprenticeship program.

How is UpSkill Charlotte funded?
The local workforce development board receives training dollars through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  (WIOA). A portion of those dollars can be used for classroom training, on-the-job training, or incumbent worker training.

What are the funding limits?
UpSkill Charlotte Training Grant funds are limited, and are, therefore, awarded on a competitive basis, in two rounds per  year. The maximum amount is $10,000 per grant, per round, although higher award amounts can be applied for and  have been awarded to opportunities judged to make a substantial impact on the trainees’ professional life. There is a  lifetime limit of $100,000. Only UpSkill Charlotte Training Grant funds will be counted toward the lifetime limit. If a  company is awarded an UpSkill Charlotte Training Grant but is unable to use any of the funds and forfeits the full grant  amount, then that grant amount will not count against the total lifetime limit for that company.

All UpSkill Charlotte Grant funds awarded must be expended within 12 months of the award date. Under extenuating  circumstances, a request can be made to extend the date of a contract. Unused funds will be forfeited. Businesses who  fail to use any or all of the funds awarded are eligible to reapply.

What are employer responsibilities for UpSkill Charlotte?
The employer must pay for a portion of the cost of providing the training to incumbent workers. This portion is defined  as the non-federal share. The non-federal share is based on the following limits: not less than 10% of the cost, for  employers with not more than 50 employees; not less than 25% of the cost, for employers with more than 50  employees, but not more than 100 employees; and not less than 50% of the cost, for employers with more than 100  employees.

The non-federal share provided by an employer participating in the program may include the amount of the wages paid  by the employer to a worker while the worker is attending a training program. The employer may provide the share in  cash or in kind, fairly evaluated. Examples of the non-federal share are trainees’ wages, on-site facility usage, trainees’  travel, food and lodging.

At the end of training a final report is due no later than forty-five (45) days from the end of the training. The report will  include: Names of all completing participants, total hours of training, certifications earned (if any) and actual non-federal  share of the business. Additional information related to retention, promotion, wage increases, or business  expansion/growth should be reported at that time.

How does the employer receive the grant funds?
UpSkill Charlotte is a reimbursement program wherein the employer is reimbursed for training cost following the  completion of each training component. The employer shall submit an invoice and receipt for the training cost to the  Charlotte Works who will process the reimbursement.

What are the desired outcomes of UpSkill Charlotte?
UpSkill Charlotte Training Grants, funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses  the need to promote upward career and economic mobility for employees by increasing workers’ skills, wages,  advancement opportunities, knowledge and certification. This will, in turn, strengthen the employer’s place in the  marketplace. Successful training completion, employee retention and wage gain will all be measured following training.

How does an employer apply for UpSkill Charlotte?
Employers will complete an application indicating what training they would like to utilize for their employees and what  the expected outcomes would be. A decision on an application will usually be made within 30 days. Interested  employers should contact Chris Miller, business project manager at Charlotte Works. She can be reached via email at or phone at 704.274.8013.

Ohio TechCred

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Ohio’s TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy. Businesses who submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials. (

Program Overview

To find out more about TechCred, and to see a list of approved credentials, click the button below to visit the Ohio TechCred page.

WEDnetPA: for Companies in Pennsylvania

Funds available for companies based in or with a large presence in Pennsylvania.

WEDnetPA Overview

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) brings training funds to qualified companies across the Commonwealth through a network of community colleges, state system universities, and other educational institutions, including AIM.

How to apply for funding

How to apply for the WEDnetPA grant for American Injection Molding Institute training:
  1. Visit the WEDnetPA home page.
  2. Select “Apply Today” (right side of main menu bar).
  3. Select “make sure your company indeed qualifies for the training” in the first paragraph and review the employer and employee qualifications.
  4. If your company qualifies, select “submit the online Training Inquiry form” from the second paragraph.
  5. Complete form:
    1. Near the end of the form you will be asked to select a partner from a list – generally you choose a partner that is in your area, but you may choose whomever you wish. AIM is not a partner of WEDnetPA, but rather a training provider. These partners serve as the entry point through which companies apply for funding.
  6. Submit your training inquiry form.
  7. The Partner will then contact you to either approve or reject your inquiry. If approved, the partner will walk you through the remaining steps to secure funding.
  8. Your company still pays AIM in full. You then submit to WEDnetPA a copy of the training invoice and they will reimburse your company the pre-determined sum.

Utah: Custom Fit Program

Funds available for companies based in Utah looking for continuing education. Typically, the program is able to support 40% of the cost of training. Courses hosted in Utah or in-person courses at the American Injection Molding Institute headquarters are Eligible.

Eligibility requirements

• Must be a for-profit entity • Must have a valid/current business license with the State of Utah • Training participants must be w2/w4 employees of the organization • Company/business must be the one paying for the training (not the individual/person attending)

How to apply for funding

Visit the following webpages and fill out the forms on each page:

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants

The objective of these grants is to award funds that reimburse the costs of workforce development activities.

Industry Sectors Worker Training Grants

The objective of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) standard grant program is to award funds to businesses from all Wisconsin industry sectors that reimburse the costs of customized occupational training for unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers. The customized, business-driven training will qualify workers for full-time employment, higher level employment, or increased wages.