The State of Texas Skills Development Program is Texas’ premier job training program, providing 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.
A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with a public Community or Technical college to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.
As a rule of thumb, the Skills Development Fund is valued at $1,420 per trainee; however, the benefit may vary depending on the project’s scope. Grants for a single business application are typically limited to $500,000.
Through the Texas Workforce Commission Skills for Small Business program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to small businesses (companies with fewer than 100 employees). This allows small businesses the opportunity to train new workers or upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Companies can apply funds to training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service.
The program funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per incumbent employee.
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County can assist local companies with their recruitment, training and retention needs. They offer comprehensive recruiting and staffing assistance to existing or new Tarrant County businesses including: