The Texas Workforce Commission issues money from its Skills Development Fund for worker retraining or new-hire training in several ways. Here’s a look at what they do:

The Skills Development Fund

A Texas public community college applies for the grant, which provides:

• Training for full-time employees

• Training that is customized to the business

• Up to $500 thousand per business, more for consortiums

• Up to 10 percent of a grant can pay for equipment costs

Skills for Small Business

Businesses with fewer than 100 employees apply for the grant ,which provides:

• Training for full-time employees

• Up to $1450 for tuition

• $725 for existing workers

• Training from courses offered by a Texas public community college, technical college, or the Texas Engineering Service

Skills for Veterans

Businesses of any size can apply for the grant, which provides:

• Training for newly-hired veterans

• Up to $1450 for tuition and fees in one, 12-month period

• Training from courses offered by a Texas public community college, technical college, or the Texas Engineering Service

Self Sufficiency Fund

A public community technical college, state extension service, or private nonprofit (501)(c) community-based organization applies for the grant, which provides:

• Training for individuals who earn less than $37,000 and have a dependant child

• Training for adult recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

• Up to $500,000 of training that is customized for the needs of the business

• 86 percent of trainees must be hired and continue to work for 90 days after training

For more information call 877-463-1777 or email Skills@TWC.state.tx.us