What is the purpose of this resource?
Commonwealth Corporation designs and executes workforce programs in partnership with businesses, educators, and providers across the state. These programs address persistent workforce challenges, such as the skills gap for targeted industries and populations. They seek to meet the immediate and emerging workforce needs of businesses and workers so that they can thrive in our dynamic economy.
Commonwealth Corporation works to create multiple pathways that meet the needs of young people who are disconnected from education and employment. Because work experience is critically important for young people’s long‐term success, they work to expand job opportunities for young people. Commonwealth Corporation is also dedicated to advancing the entire field of workforce development. Through its Workforce Development in Practice series, Commonwealth Corporation shares best practices with the field of more than 100 community‐based providers, 33 career centers, 16 workforce boards, and 15 community colleges. In addition, Commonwealth Corporation is recognized as a national leader in creating sector strategies that address the skill needs of employers in targeted industries. One grant program that they administer which helps address business productivity and competitiveness is the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP).
The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund enacted into law in July 1998. The program’s purpose is to provide funds/resources to Massachusetts businesses and labor organizations to train current and newly hired employees and assist in upgrading the skills of Massachusetts workers. The program funds projects that:
Promote job growth, job retention, or increased wages.
Improve productivity, competitiveness, and ability to do business in Massachusetts.
Include employers who have made a commitment to provide significant private investment in training during and after the grant.
The Workforce Training Fund consists of three programs:
1. The General Program
2. The Express Program
3. The Hiring Incentive Training Grant Program
What benefits or services are offered by this resource to employers?
General Program (two General Program grants are available):
General Program Training are direct grants awarded competitively to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, training providers, or a consortium of such entities, to train current and newly hired workers. The maximum amount of a training grant is $250,000. Grant funds may be used to pay for employee training delivered by qualified training vendors of the applicant’s choosing. Training must be completed within 24 months or less.
Company/organization contribution requirement: Funds must be matched dollar‐for‐dollar;
match may be cash or in‐kind, including wages paid to employees during training.
Technical Assistance Grants are grants designed to assist an employer, or group of employers or employees, determine their training needs and develop a curriculum to satisfy those needs as well as costs associated with the training. This in turn will lead to a General Program Training Grant application. The maximum amount of a technical assistance grant is $25,000. Grant activity must be completed in 12 months or less.
Company/organization contribution requirement: Funds must be matched dollar‐for‐dollar; match may be cash or in‐kind; this can include staff time, materials, or other expenses directly related to the grant.
These grants are designed to help pay for up to 50% of the cost of training courses which must be selected from a database of pre‐qualified courses. The maximum award is $30,000 or $3,000 per employee per course. Training must be completed within 24 months or less.
Company/organization contribution requirement: Companies must contribute 50% of the total
cost of training.
Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG)
These grants assist with the costs associated with the training of newly hired veterans or individuals who have been unemployed for at least six months (waiting period waived for eligible veterans). The maximum award is $40,000 or $5,000 per eligible new employee. Training can be conducted by vendors or by company employees. Training must be completed within 12 months or less.
Company/organization contribution requirement: Companies must hire and retain eligible
Massachusetts residents for at least 180 days to receive payment.
Who is eligible for these benefits and services?
Training Grants: Employers of any size, employer organizations, labor organizations, training providers or a consortium of such entities are eligible. Participating employers must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.
Technical Assistance Grants: Employers of any size, a group of employers or employees, industry associations, community colleges, administrative entities for local workforce investment areas, and other entities with the expertise in providing technical assistance for training. Participating employer(s) must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.
Companies and labor unions with 100 or fewer employees, who must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.
Hiring Incentive Training Grants (HITG)
Trainees must be newly hired Massachusetts residents who are either military Veterans or longterm unemployed; at least six months (waiting period is waived for Veterans). Businesses of any size are eligible to apply and they must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.
Training will make a difference to your bottom line.