An Employed Worker is a working individual seeking retraining or upgrade of existing skills to obtain or retain a job that leads to self-sufficiency. Self-Sufficiency is an LWDB-identified wage that allows one to provide for oneself without the help of others.
From job postings to job fairs, to employed worker training and programs that help disabled veterans transition to a successful civilian career, we have a fully staffed Business Services Department and Career Center to help businesses and job seekers - all at no cost.
- Types of employed workers
- Someone who is employed but seeks training through a One-Stop Center for assistance in getting a better paying job that leads to self-sufficiency
- Someone who works for an employer that requests training on their behalf in order to allow the employee to retain employment in a job that leads to self-sufficiency
- Someone who works for an employer that requests training on their behalf in order to allow an employee who is currently making less than the local self-sufficiency standard to upgrade to a better paying position with that employer
- Dislocated workers who have become re-employed in "income maintenance" jobs and need the training to get a better paying job that leads to self-sufficiency
Employed Worker Training provides opportunities for qualified businesses to train your existing employees in an effort to gain the help your company needs to achieve greater employee retention, maximum productivity and market competitiveness.
Employed Worker Training grant funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Requirements for participation
- The employer must have been operating continuously in Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist or Union Counties for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the date of the application
- The employer must be fully licensed to conduct business in Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist or Union Counties
- The employer must have at least one full-time employee
- The employer must be current on all federal, state, and/or local tax obligations
- Temporary employment agencies, employment agencies, or employee leasing agencies may not serve as the Employer of record
An employer must also demonstrate financial viability in order to be eligible for the Employed Worker Training grant funds.
- two of the four requirements below must be met
- A favorable report from Dunn and Bradstreet
- SEC 10K schedule
- Current financial audit or financial compilation prepared and signed by a Certified Public Accountant
- Two years of Federal Income Tax Returns
WHO CAN APPLY? Any business operating in Columbia, Gilchrist, Dixie or Union Counties; employer applicant must be current on all federal, state, and/or local tax obligations. Other qualifying criteria may also apply. Temporary employment agencies, employment agencies, or employee leasing agencies may not serve as the Employer of record. Below is a summary of the application process - other steps may be required.
- Application Process
- Application/Agreement – This is a straightforward document that describes the type and purpose of the training, who will conduct it, as well as how the training will benefit the business and the employees. Note – Additional documentation may be required
- Trainee Interview –A brief interview lasting about 10 – 15 minutes is needed to assess the appropriate funding per employee to be trained. Additionally, a copy of each person’s Drivers License and Social Security Card is needed
- Approval – Both the agreement and each individual employee need to be approved
- Schedule and Start Training – Once approved, the business decides when training starts
- Follow-up – CareerSource Florida Crown is required to periodically follow up with each employee or the business to measure the success of the program. Follow-up consists of a few basic questions and takes two to five minutes per employee