The Governor’s Workforce Board and Real Jobs Rhode Island offer Incumbent Worker Training Grants for companies that have immediate training needs.
Funds awarded should support skill-based training which directly improves the company’s viability, productivity and capacity to respond to current and future business demands. New employees are eligible for training provided the training is skill-based and not simply an introduction to the company’s policies and procedures, or “on-boarding”.
Any Rhode Island for-profit or not-for-profit manufacturing organization may apply for a training as long as they currently contribute to the Job Development Fund. The names, Federal Employer ID and RI Employer ID must be provided for verification purposes. Eligible applicants must be current on all RI tax obligations, must be in good standing with Workforce Regulation and Safety and must not have been prohibited from contracting with an agency that administers federal funds.
The grants are noncompetitive and are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are looking to train your current workforce either internally or through an outside training provider, you can be reimbursed up to 50% of the training costs. Grantees will be required to submit the appropriate paperwork at the completion of the training program in order to receive this benefit.