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Educate yourself about the differences between Pennsylvania's various state-supported job training programs.

The WEDnetPA Guaranteed Free Training Program is just one of several job training programs supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In an effort to help employers understand the difference between these state-supported programs, we have outlined the differences between the programs and the purpose of each program.

Job Training Program Overview


Guaranteed Free Training (GFT) Program*

Customized Job Training

Workplace Foundation Skills Program

Cost Free Submit - Application to WEDnetPA Free - Submit Application to DCED Free - Submit Application to PAWin
Program Elements Basic Skills: $450 per eligible employee. Only front line supervisor positions and production workers are eligible. Focus is on basic skills. Can include,internal training. Not for retail. For customized or advanced training of new, entry-level employees and the retention and upgrade of existing employees to accommodate new technologies. May be used in conjunction with WEDnetPA GFT program to cover advanced skills needs. Applicants may submit up to a 3 year training plan. Grant funds may be used for up to 75% of eligible training costs. Not for retail. Assistance developing and delivering entry level employability skills. Topics include English as a Second Language (ESL), Basic Math, Reading & Writing.
  Information Technology: $700 per eligible employee. Professional & Technical IT workers are eligible (not IT users).  Advanced IT programs only, can include Programming Networking, Servers CAD, PLC & CNC skills. Can include internal training. Not for retail. Any company may be eligible for up to $5,000 in grants, based on need. Grants can cover training and/or curriculum design costs.
Program Benefits Reduced costs and more training for same budget. Reduced costs and more training for same budget. Training targeted at improving skills of entry level employees
Application and Approval Process Easy - simple three page application. Qualification is known immediately. Submit DCED Single Application for Assistance with supplemental forms and training plan with training narrative. Applications presented to the DCED CJT Review Committee for approval. Must define basic skills training needed in a training plan.
Timeline for Approval 3 - 14 business days after submitting application. Varies 30-90 days, dependent upon application completion and meeting schedule. Varies - several weeks to months to write proposal and approve
Typical Value Applying for Program Average Award is $5,000 to $50,000 or more per year. Average award is $25,000 to $100,000 per year. $1,000 - $5,000.

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