Training Services

State Pre-Application for Training Grants

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]

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].

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, please print and review the Guidelines then download the PDF fillable Pre-Application form for the Incumbent Worker Application and email it as an attachment to [email protected]. State instructions, guidelines and FAQ links are listed below. 

  1. Overview & Guidelines
  2. Pre-Application
  3. Service to Employers
  4. FAQ's
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.

Business Service Team Representatives 

Beth Keylon, Workforce Programs Manager , Staff to the Board

Shannon Willis, Team Lead 

Danny Wolgats,  Team Lead 

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