AUSTIN â€“ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced this week the launch of the High Demand Job Training Program, a $1 million program to support collaborations between Workforce Solutions partners and local economic development councils (EDCs) to create occupational job training programs to improve the skill sets of individuals for jobs in high-demand occupations in their communities.
“Through this partnership between Texas Workforce Solutions and local EDCs, TWC will leverage resources necessary for high-demand job training in expanding industries in Texas and strengthen partnerships with local communities and employers,â€ said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.
EDCs are statutorily authorized to spend local economic development sales tax funds for job training. Through the High Demand Job Training Program, TWC will provide matching funds to local workforce development boards to partner with EDCs that are allocating local funds to job training projects.
“The Texas economic development sales tax is an important tool for more than 500 communities across Texas to attract jobs and create wealth,â€ said Texas Economic Development Council President and CEO Carlton Schwab. “This collaboration between Texas Workforce Solutions and local economic development organizations is a win-win for employers, jobseekers and the local communities.â€
Through this program, the 28 local workforce development boards will be able to apply for up to $75,000 to match the amount committed by local EDCs for the next two years and while funds are available.
“This incentive program will help increase access to necessary training for job-seekers and ultimately help connect them to employment in one of Texasâ€™ many growing industries,â€ said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.
Local workforce development boards may use grant funding to support high-demand, job-training activities and related direct costs, including individual participant recruitment, skills assessment, job search skills improvement, equipment and minor renovation of facilities used for program-related job training.
“This program will strengthen the relationship between our local Workforce Solutions and their local economic development entities across the state, ultimately providing our Texas employers with the skilled and ready workforce they need,â€ said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.