Incumbent Worker Training

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An incumbent worker is an individual who is employed, but is not required to meet the eligibility criteria for intensive and training services for employed adults and dislocated workers .

For-profit, small- to mid-sized businesses in Florida may be eligible for grant dollars to help pay for training existing employees. When workers lack needed training and businesses experience skill gaps, the company’s ability to compete, expand, and retain workers can be compromised. Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program, funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and administered by CareerSource Florida (CSF) addresses such needs. The IWT Program was created for the purpose of providing grant funding for continuing education and training of incumbent employees at existing Florida businesses. The program will provide reimbursement grants to businesses that pay for preapproved, direct, training related costs. Currently, companies may receive a reimbursement rate up to 50% or 75% (see. Funding Priorities below for details).

  • Program Benefits for employers
  • Increased Competitiveness
  • Skilled Workforce
  • Increased Productivity
  • Increased Profits
  • Company Growth
  • Reduced Turnover
  • Program Benefits for employees
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Increased Job Opportunities
  • Industry Recognized Credentials
  • Job Retention
  • Transportable/Transferrable Skills


  • Incumbent worker definitoin
  • A paid employee of the applicant business, or a person working for the business as a staffing agency employee, working at least 37.5 hrs per week and receives a W- 2
  • Have an established employment history with the employer for six months or more
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A citizen of the United States or a non-citizen whose status permits employment in the United States
  • A Florida resident working at a physical location in Florida; and
  • Employed 6 months before the signature date of the application
  • Employees trained under the grant must individually be registered in the Employ Florida Marketplace


An employer must also demonstrate financial viability in order to be eligible for the Incumbent Worker Training grant funds.

  • financial viability requirements
  • Their most recently filed IRS Form 941 (if the business is a Corporation) or a most recently filed copy of the 1040 Income Tax Return with Schedule SE (if the business is a Sole Proprietorship)
  • A letter of Tax Clearance from the Florida Department of Revenue dated within 45 days of application submittal. (Instructions for obtaining this clearance letter are provided on the IWT Application Checklist)
  • Letter of credit from a bank the company has done business with for at least six (6) months. The letter must be on bank letterhead.


  • The following businesses are not eligible to apply for funds under this program
  • Not-for-profit agencies or organizations
  • Retail establishments
  • Entities whose administrations are comprised only of volunteers
  • Workforce Development Boards and their administrative entities
  • Labor unions
  • Federal, state, county, or city governmental entities
  • Businesses that received an IWT award in the current or previous program year

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