Training Services

Designed to help offset the expense and period of low productivity of hiring new employees consider the following services for your company. If you are a for-profit business that wants more information about the On the Job Training program, Incumbent Worker or Customized Training, please complete the form at the State link below then contact  Beth Keylon at (423) 643-2328 or email  [email protected]

CARES Act Consolidated Business Grants

To support Tennessee’s employers affected by COVID-19, this guidance clarifies the eligibility requirements for the Consolidated Business Grants (CBG) and procedures for Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs). The funding for the CBG is established through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the allotment for these grants are for September 1, 2020through December 31, 2020. The guidance will also define the eligibility of both training recipients and their respective employers as grantees.  If your business is interested, please download the fillable PDF, complete and email to Beth Keylon at [email protected].

On the Job Training

When an employer needs to fill a vacant position, they often have a choice of hiring a skilled worker or a worker who needs to have additional training. If the employer is willing to hire an individual who has no prior experience in the vacant position, an On-the-Job Training contract may be developed with the Office of Workforce Development at the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) which oversees the career center system. Under this agreement the SETDD can reimburse up to 50% of the trainee's wages during the specified training period. The employer must agree to retain the trainee if he/she successfully completes the training. If you are an interested employer, download and fill out the OJT Pre-Award application and email it as an attachment to [email protected] or print it and fax it to (423) 267-7705   to the attention of Beth Keylon. 

Incumbent Worker Training

The state may enter into an agreement with an employer to provide training to workers whose skills must be upgraded in order to avert worker dislocation. The state program may provide up to 100% of the training costs for this type of training. If you are an interested employer, download and fill out the Incumbent Worker Application then email it as an attachment to [email protected]. State instructions, guidelines and FAQ links are listed below. 

Customized Training

When an employer identifies the need to train a group of job applicants in a specific occupational skill area, the Office of Workforce Development at the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) can assist with meeting the employer's training needs. The SETDD can help offset the cost of providing training to a group of potential employees by reimbursing up to 50% of the eligible expenses, such as instructor's salaries and training materials.

CARES Act Reemployment Services Grant (RSG)

To support Tennessee’s citizens affected by COVID-19, this guidance clarifies the eligibility  requirements for the Reemployment Services Grants (RSG) and procedures for Local Workforce  Development Boards (LWDBs). The funding for the RSG is established through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the allotment for these grants are for September 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020.


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