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One of the most difficult issues facing a company trying to expand its services and workforce is the overwhelming cost associated with hiring and training a workforce during the start-up phase of the expansion.

The Wyoming Workforce Development Training Fund can help a growing Wyoming business by deferring much of the training costs during the expansion phase.

The program also serves as a tool for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to partner with Wyoming’s economic entities in the recruitment of new businesses to our state. Businesses considering Wyoming as a place of operation can rest assured the Workforce Development Training Fund can help create a successful start-up by deferring much of the training costs.

Business Training Grants for Existing Positions provide up to $2,000 per trainee per fiscal year for established Wyoming businesses with existing employees who need a skill upgrade or retraining in their current occupations.

In order for the training to be approved, the business must demonstrate the following:

  • Training will either correct an employee’s skill deficiency or upgrade an employee’s current skill level.
  • There is a direct relationship between the training and the trainee’s occupation or craft.
  • The training is not normally provided by the business.
  • The business will not substitute funds normally provided for training or funds obtained from another source with Business Training Grant funds.
  • There is a need for the skill upgrade provided by the training for the business to remain competitive in the industry or economy.

The skill upgrade provided by the training will:

  • Enhance the business’s productivity, efficiency or profitability;
  • Reduce employee turnover;
  • Enhance employee effectiveness; or
  • Enhance employee wages.

Contact Info

Please call the Workforce Development Training Fund office at 307-777-8650 for more information about the Pre-Hiring Economic Development Grant program.

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Business Training Grants Application (users must register)

Business Training Grants Rules

Forms and Documents

Business Training Grants for New Positions provide between $1,000 to $4,000 per trainee per fiscal year depending on the employee’s full-time status and wage amount.

Grants for New Positions were developed to assist Wyoming businesses in two ways: Wyoming business expansion and new business recruitment.

Contact Info

Please call the Workforce Development Training Fund office at 307-777-8650 for more information about the Pre-Hiring Economic Development Grant program.

Links

Business Training Grants Application (users must register)

Business Training Grants Rules

Forms and Documents

The Pre-Hiring Economic Development Grant Program is designed to train skilled workers in a particular business, businesses or industry. Applications are completed through a partnering of four entities that contribute separate needs or services to the program:

  • A training entity that can deliver the training, certificate or skills the business requires.
  • A business, group of businesses or an industry with a need for workers.
  • The local or regional economic development entity that will work within the local or regional economic network to provide assistance.
  • The local Workforce Center, which will assist in the recruitment of potential skilled workers, along with placement of trained participants.

Contact Info

Please call the Workforce Development Training Fund office at 307-777-8650 for more information about the Pre-Hiring Economic Development Grant program.

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Pre-Hire Applications and Instructions

Pre-Hire Rules (coming soon)

The Pre-Obligation Grants program was developed for the state’s economic development partners working on large relocation or expansion projects. The grant allows economic developers the flexibility to request advance allocation of Workforce Development Training funding in support of a new or expanding business in Wyoming. Pre-Obligation funds may only be requested by economic development entities, and any funding allocated must be disbursed through an approved Pre-Hire Economic Development Grant and/or a Business Training Grant for New Positions.

Contact Info

Please call the Workforce Development Training Fund office at 307-777-8650 for more information about the Pre-Obligation Grants program.

Links

Pre-Obligation Application and Instructions

Pre-Obligation Rules (coming soon)

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offers employers the ability to register their openings and examine the labor pool free of charge with its online job-matching system, Wyoming At Work.

Workforce specialists can assist in writing job orders, researching wages and establishing criteria to ensure the job listing is reaching the appropriate audience.

  • Additional specialized recruitment and screening services are available at local Workforce Centers located throughout Wyoming.
  • Workforce specialists are available to work with your company to identify labor information that will help with decision-making regarding hiring.

Visit the Wyoming At Work help desk to learn more about the program and to locate contact information for the Workforce Center nearest you.

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Visit http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/ for Wyoming labor market information.