Upon entering the professional world, everyone learns the same lesson—education doesn’t stop after school. Learning is a life-long pursuit and often so much of our professional skills are shaped on the job, as opposed to in a classroom.
If you’re not currently employed, however, or your industry experiences a sudden shift, access to continued training and education can be difficult. On the employer side, many small to medium-sized businesses simply can’t afford to provide relevant training resources their employees.
Fortunately, the federal government and many states have recognized the value of on-the-job and continued education to keep American companies competitive. The federal government has allocated funds to each state earmarked for workforce development and training, which has resulted in a number of grant and incentive programs available to businesses looking to offer ongoing training.
We’ve compiled a list resources by state to get you started. For additional research, we suggest using these terms in your search:
- “on the job training grants “
- “workforce development grants”
- “training grants for employers”
The U.S. Department of Labor has a list of state labor departments, or you can also contact your local Economic Development Office to direct you to the correct resource.