Worker Training

A Training Grant to Make Your Company More Competitive

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.

How Incumbent Worker Training Works

To be eligible for an IWT training grant, your company must need to train existing workers in order to:

  • Avert potential layoffs, or
  • Increase your workers’ skill level.

The Benefit to Your Business

Addresses skills gaps in your existing workforce.
Helps you boost productivity and/or avert layoffs.

If eligible, your company can be reimbursed for the cost of skills training up to $25,000. Specific details include:

  • Workers receiving training must have an established full-time employment history of at least six months at your company.
  • If a company has recently relocated and any employee lost their job, IWT services cannot be provided for 120 days following the relocation.
  • The training must be job-specific occupational skills training.
  • An IWT grant cannot cover “soft skills” training or general worker orientation.

Learn More About the Benefits of IWT

To learn how your company may benefit from an IWT grant, please contact Ron Schlager at Rschlager@worknetdupage.org or at (630) 955-2037.

A Way to Address the Skills Gap

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program has been designed as a way of helping businesses manage the cost of training new employees who are not 100% qualified for a particular job. Through OJT, an employer may be reimbursed for up to 75% of a new hire’s wages while they are trained on the job.

How On-the-Job Training Works

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program has been designed as a way of helping businesses manage the cost of training new employees who are not 100% qualified for a particular job. Through OJT, an employer may be reimbursed for up to 75% of a new hire’s wages while they are trained on the job.

  • the candidate may come through the workNet DuPage Career Center, or
  • the employer may refer an eligible candidate of their own.

We will work with the employer to create a training plan that can be implemented on-the-job to mitigate the candidate’s skills gap:

  • the training must provide required job-related skills, and
  • it cannot be an orientation or new hires training that is routinely provided for all new employees.

The on-the-job training can last up to six months, during which the employer will be reimbursed for up to 75% of the trainee’s wages.

Wage requirements may apply.

Hours and Directions

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Resource Room closes at 4:15 p.m.

Learn More About OJT

To learn how your company may benefit from On-the-Job Training, please contact Ron Schlager at Rschlager@worknetdupage.org or at (630) 955-2037.

Training, Connecting, and Developing the Workforce of DuPage County.