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Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program

Note: This popular program frequently runs out of budget quickly after being announced. Get your application submitted starting on October 14, 2015 th to make sure your company can take advantage of this great incentive to build our local workforce. 
You can complete your pre-application and save it starting on September 28, 2015 for final submission starting on October 14th.  This helps avoid issues in case the website is oversubscribed on the deadline date!  Applications are only accepted on October 14thth after 10:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis. 
What is Incumbent Workforce Training?
This is an employer-driven program that is targeted to provide direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of Ohio's employers. The program is designed to offset a portion of the employer's costs to upgrade the skills of its incumbent workforce and will provide reimbursement to eligible employers for specific training costs accrued during training. The program's funding will be used in conjunction with private contributions to fund skill-upgrade training. Eligible employers must demonstrate that by receiving funding assistance through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program their business will not only obtain a skilled workforce but will improve their company processes and competitiveness.

An eligible employer is one who operates as a for-profit entity in a state-designated targeted industry, with a facility located in Ohio that has been in continuous operation for the 12 months immediately prior to the application submittal.  Targeted industries are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Back Office
  • BioHealth
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing
  • Information Technology and Services
  • Logistics
  • Polymers and Chemicals
  • Research and Development

Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, classes at an accredited education institution, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer's facility, at the training provider's facility or at a third-party site.

This is a reimbursement program. The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.  
Exact program guidlines are provided here. Frequestly Asked Questions are also available for your review. Further program details can be found at the OSDA website or you can contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560.