RETAINING services

Our Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program may be just what you need to help train your existing employees, to increase productivity and boost your company's competitiveness.

The benefits to your business include:

  • Address skills gaps in your existing workforce and

  • Help boost your productivity and/or avert layoffs.


Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the IWT program provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase competitiveness. It is a type of work-based training and upskilling designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within the company, or to acquire the skills necessary to avert a layoff.


Round IV of Incumbent Worker Training Grants are now being accepted. The Incumbent Worker Training Grants provide funding to employers who want to upgrade the skills of their current employees to enhance their expertise in the workplace, avert layoffs, and make their business more competitive.


How it Works!

  • Participating businesses must have a facility located in Wisconsin.

  • Employers select the training to be provided to their employees.

  • Training programs may range from 1 day to 16 weeks and be held between April 11, 2022 and June 17, 2022

  • Employers complete and submit an application, detailed training description, training invoice and job descriptions for each employee going to training. Training program cannot have started.

  • After the employee(s) successfully complete the training, the employer will be reimbursed between 25% and 75% of costs of training their employees. Training costs cannot include travel, training supplies or materials such as books, manuals, etc. View reimbursement sliding scale on pages 3 to 4 for details.

Additionally, Incumbent Worker Training grants are:

  • Open to: All industry sectors and companies of any size.

  • Grant Amount: The maximum award amount may not exceed $10,000 per business per program year.

  • Spring 2022: Training programs may range from 1 day to 16 weeks and be held between April 11, 2022 and June 17, 2022.


  • Application Deadline: Due via email by 12:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 1, 2022.


Read the full GPA below and submit using the forms below.