Funding Workforce Training


50% FUNDING FOR INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING
All companies for-profit companies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible for KCTCS-TRAINS funding. KCTCS-TRAINS will support projects for:

  • existing Kentucky companies that are requiring employees to learn new skills in their jobs.
  • companies that are contributing to Kentucky’s economic development

For incumbent worker training, companies are required to pay 50% of the cost and KCTCS-TRAINS reimburses the college directly for the remaining 50%. Colleges will work with the company to identify a schedule for invoicing and companies are invoiced after services are delivered.

For companies that are creating new jobs by relocating into Kentucky or for existing business/industry that are already doing business in Kentucky, workforce education and training programs and services are available at a 100% no-cost level after meeting eligibility specifics and minimum requirements.

Eligible companies are defined by program requirements for the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) Program as defined by KRS 154.32. As with all state administered economic development incentive programs, any inducements offered to an eligible company under the KBI Program are negotiated by Cabinet for Economic Development officials.

Contact Workforce Solutions at 270-686-4444 to learn more and/or apply for funding.

100 % FUNDING FOR TRAINING NEW HIRES DUE TO RELOCATION, EXPANSION
For companies that are creating new jobs by relocating into Kentucky or for existing business/industry that are already doing business in Kentucky, workforce education and training programs and services are available at a 100% no-cost level after meeting eligibility specifics and minimum requirements. 

Determination of Qualifications by the Cabinet of Economic Development 
For relocated business/industry or expansion of current business/industry to receive KCTCS-TRAINS funding, the Cabinet of Economic Development must first deem the company’s project as being “committed”.  Committed is defined as the project meeting the program requirements of the KBI Program and the Cabinet for Economic Development has appropriated funding for the projects.  At the required time, KCTCS Workforce Solutions will engage with the Cabinet to determine all details of the training project and complete the KCTCS-TRAINS application for new or expanding business/industry projects. 

The KCTCS Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development will notify the college and coordinate project development activities between the college and the Cabinet of Economic Development. 

 Minimum Eligibility Requirement Established by the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development 

  • Any business entity engaged in one or more of the following activities: 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Agribusiness 
  • Regional and national headquarters (regardless of the underlying business activity) 
  • Nonretail service or technology activities must be: 
    • Designed to serve a multistate, national or international market; 
    • Provided to a customer base that includes more than 50% non-residents; and 
    • May include, but are not limited to, call centers, centralized administrative or processing centers, telephone or internet sales order or processing centers, distribution or fulfillment centers, data processing centers, research and development facilities, and other similar activities. 

Eligible company does not include business/industry where the primary activity to be conducted within the Commonwealth is forestry, fishing, mining coal or mineral processing, the provision of utilities, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, real estate, rental and leasing, educational services, accommodation and food services or public administration services. 

Requirements to qualify for KCTCS-TRAINS funding: 

  • Employment minimum requirement:
    • Create a minimum of 10 new, full-time jobs for Kentucky residents. 
    • Maintain an annual average of at least 10 new, full-time jobs for Kentucky residents. 
  • Investment minimum requirement:
    • Incur eligible costs of at least $100,000 
  • Wage minimum requirements:
    • At least 90% of the new, full-time Kentucky resident employees must receive hourly wages of at least $10.88 (150% of the federal minimum wage). 
    • Any company deemed eligible is required to provide the new, full-time Kentucky resident employees with employee benefits equal to 15% of the required minimum hourly wage. 
    • Total hourly compensation (hourly wages plus employee benefits) must equate to at least $12.51. 


Bluegrass State Skills Corporation Skills Training Investment Credit
Provides credit against Kentucky income tax to existing businesses that sponsor occupational or skills upgrade training programs for the benefit of their employees.

Bluegrass State Skills Corporation Grant Reimbursement Program provides matching grant funds for customized business and industry-specific training programs.

For more information and additional details, call or e-mail Cindy Fiorella at cindy.fiorella@kctcs.edu or 270-686-4444.