Employee Skills Training

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas helps businesses connect with their local community college, economic development partner, & the Texas Workforce Commission to develop training programs to increase the skill set of their employees.

Skills Development Fund

The Texas Workforce Commission provides the opportunity for businesses to partner with their local community college to apply for training dollars through the Skills Development Fund (SDF). The Skills Development Fund program assists businesses, business consortiums, and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job-training projects. This fund successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The grant provides:

  • Up to $500,000 per business (more for consortiums) for customized training needed by the business.
  • Target average cost per trainee of $2,000.00
  • Training for full-time, regular employees.

Texas Industry Partnership Program

The Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) program supports collaborations between local workforce development boards and industry partners through the leveraging of matching contributions of cash or qualifying expenditures for occupational job training. Match funds must support certain WIOA activities and focus on six designated industry clusters:

  • Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Information technology
  • Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
  • Energy


Allowable WIOA activities include:

  • training
  • mentoring
  • support services
  • skills assessments
  • cluster analysis

Recruit Texas

The Recruit Texas program allows public community or technical colleges an opportunity to provide intensive and rapid response to, and support services for, employers expanding in or relocating operations in Texas. As part of the Skills Development Fund, Recruit Texas is administered by TWC with a focus on:

  • Developing customized workforce training programs
  • Fast-track curriculum development
  • Workforce training-related support services for employers
  • Instructor certification necessary to provide workforce training
  • Acquiring training equipment necessary for instructor certification and employment

Small Business Training

Skills for Small Business is a grant-funded training opportunity available to meet the unique needs of small businesses. It provides local training solutions through local community or technical colleges, or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. This exceptional opportunity supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees and emphasizes training for new workers, though it also may help upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. The grant provides:

  • Up to $1,800 for tuition and fees per new hire, per 12-month period.
  • Up to $900 for tuition and fees per incumbent employee, per 12-month period.
  • Training for full-time employees.
  • Training selected from courses offered by a Texas public community or technical college or the
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service.
  • Employers must pay prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.

Work-based Training

Save money during your new hire training period with wage reimbursements and additional support for your employees. Contact us to learn more about our current work-based learning opportunities.

Aprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, or employer associations. The purpose is to stimulate and assist industry in developing and improving apprenticeship and other training programs designed to provide the skilled workers needed to compete in a global economy. To train an apprentice, you and your employee must first complete an apprenticeship agreement which outlines responsibilities of the apprentice and employer. A certified journeyworker must provide practical training according to trade standards. You must also verify the number of hours an apprentice works and pay a predetermined, industry-set wage. For more information on registered apprenticeships contact one of our Business Services representatives.

Get In Touch

If you’d like to find out more about any of these programs or other training opportunities from Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, please contact us. A member of our Business Services team will be in touch.

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