Workforce Training Resources: Vermont Department of Labor and Vermont Training Program
Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Wendy Morse firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 786-8805
DOL services are free; they include:
- Recruitment assistance for employers can include:
- Assistance posting job openings on Vermont Job Link.
- Screening applicants and scheduling interviews.
- Providing interview space and hosting employer-specific job fairs.
- Connecting employers with resources listed below.
- Informing employers about other resources such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and federal bonding for employees with a criminal record.
- Job seeker assistance can include:
- Assisting job seekers with resumes and online applications.
- Assisting workers whose jobs have been transferred overseas to access Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
- Connecting job seekers with resources listed below.
Workforce Education and Training Fund (WET Fund)
- State funds; voted on by the legislature each year.
- Provides funding to pay for training. Application deadline once per year in December.
Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- Pays for classes. Worker must qualify based on age, income level, or as a dislocated worker.
- Can offer work experience to help worker overcome barriers (fully subsidized; case manager assists worker).
On the Job Training (OJT)
- Defrays some of the cost of hiring and training new employees. DOL will assist with developing job descriptions and training outline. Reimbursement can equal up to 50% of the employee wages.
Vermont Department of Economic Development
Contact: John Young email@example.com or (802) 355-2725
Business Grants through Vermont Training Program
Provides up to 50% of the training cost for on-site training or classroom training:
- New hire
- Incumbent employee
Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis upon completion of employee training.
- Trainees must be full-time permanent employees working in Vermont.
- Must show that funds supplement rather than replace regular training efforts.
- Training must be directly related to employee responsibilities.
- Employee compensation (hourly wage), at the completion of training, must equal or exceed the livable wage as defined by the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office (currently $13.00/hour).
- Employees must be offered a minimum of three of the following employee benefits: health insurance, dental assistance, paid vacation, paid holidays, child care, retirement benefits, other paid time off including sick days, or other extraordinary employee benefits.
- Open to all sectors, with first priority given to Vermont 2020 CEDS target sectors: advanced manufacturing, software development and IT, biotechnology, clean energy, efficiency and electricity innovation, financial services, health care, food systems, environmental consulting, green business and building, and forest products.
Applications should focus on a new, specific, and strategic or innovative employee training project.
Projects can relate to new and/or innovative:
- Market Opportunities
- Significant productivity gain
Applications are available online and are accepted on a rolling basis. Vermont Training Program encourages businesses to contact Workforce Development Programs Director John Young before beginning an application.