Workforce 20/20 provides funding assistance to businesses to offset training costs for current workers and new employees when a business is new to the state, expanding employment in the state, introducing new industry technologies or introducing new industry production methods. The program targets primary sector businesses, although it is not exclusively limited to the primary sector, and provides direct reimbursements to businesses with a required match from the business.
To be considered for the program, complete a Workforce 20/20 funding application and submit it to Job Service North Dakota. The proposal will be reviewed and rated by Job Service North Dakota, and if you are eligible and selected for funding, a cost reimbursement contract will be entered into with your business. The contract must be completed, signed, and in place prior to the start of any training for which reimbursement is being requested.
WIA and TAA are federally funded and have eligibility requirements targeted toward specific segments of the population (i.e., dislocated workers, welfare recipients, low income, unemployed as a result of foreign competition, etc.). Training assistance is normally provided in the form of reimbursements to the business for extraordinary costs incurred in providing on-the-job training (OJT). The reimbursement is calculated up to 50 percent of the hourly wage paid to the employees during the training period. The training period can run from four to twenty-six weeks (with exceptions under TAA).
These programs can also be coupled with classroom training. In those cases, funding for the additional costs associated with the classroom instruction could also be provided. Individuals enrolled under the WIA and TAA programs must be determined eligible for the program and warrant the funding. A formal contract between Job Service North Dakota and the business must be developed, signed, and in place prior to the individuals' employment start date.