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  Maty Partin at (423) 424-4240 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 Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development Board which oversees the career center system. Under this agreement, up to 50% of the trainee's wages during the specified training period may be reimbursed. The employer must agree to retain the trainee upon successful completion of 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 Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development Board may assist with meeting the employer's training needs. A portion of the training may be reimbursed with the agreement that workers will be hired upon successful completion.

Business Services Contacts:  

Brenna Ridley - Workforce Development Specialist, Southeast Tennessee Local Workforce Development Board

Shannon Willis - Business Services Team Lead, American Job Center Athens

Peter Brown - Business Services Team Lead, American Job Center Chattanooga
  • [email protected]
  • 423-643-2319  
  • Hamilton, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, and Bledsoe Counties

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