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Incumbent Worker Training

What is Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)?

Also referred to as IWT, Incumbent Worker Training is money available for businesses and organizations to up-skill their current workforce. Up-skilling can take many forms, anywhere from your eligible employees earn industry-recognized certifications to taking a class to further their career in your organization. To learn more about eligibility for IWT, continue reading!

Who’s eligible for IWT?

Requirements include:

Company Eligibility

For companies, there are two questions to ask to determine eligibility:

  • Does your company employ High Priority Occupations (HPO)?
  • Does your company have a profile on the PA CareerLink System?

Training Eligibility

For training, there are some questions to ask to determine eligibility:

  • Is the training within a High Priority Occupation (HPO)?
  • Will the training take place within the current program year (July 1 – June 30)?
  • Will the employee(s) that are being trained have been with the company for at least six months by the beginning of training?
  • Will the training achieve one or more of the following employer goals:
    • Quality Improvement
    • Increased Productivity
    • Improved Profits
    • Increased Industry Competitiveness
  • Will the training achieve one or more the the following employee goals:
    • Wage increase
    • Promotion
    • Industry-Recognized Credential
    • Requisite for retained employment

Incumbent Worker Training funds help Lancaster companies retain skilled workers and avoid layoffs. Through these funds, you can make your business more competitive by offsetting all or some of the cost of improving your employees’ skill sets. Companies located in Lancaster County are eligible to apply for Incumbent Worker training funds. 

Please review the incumbent worker training guidelines here. Once you have reviewed the guidelines, you can download the application. Follow the application instructions to complete and submit it to the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board (LCWDB). Upon receipt of applications, the LCWDB staff will review applications and confirm company eligibility. Applicant companies will receive written notification of application status within two weeks of application date.


Incumbent Worker Training Guidelines

Incumbent Worker Training Application