Customized Employee Training Grant Opportunities

Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP), established in 1999, is a grant-based benefit for employers to enhance the professional skills and productivity of existing employees through focused and relevant training. The benefits of this training are expected to result in new job creation, retention of existing jobs, and increased wages. 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) administers the IWTP grant program and forms partnerships with employers and training providers to create and implement customized training programs. Funding for IWTP grants comes from a social charge assessment on employers that is paid in addition to Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax contributions. Grant funds are awarded to a business or industry that operates in Louisiana and incurs a state unemployment tax liability. All funds must be used for training incumbent workers.

New Horizons Computer Learning Center is an approved primary training provider and has been managing IWTP grant contracts since June 2002. As your primary training provider, our Grant Team will guide you through every phase of the IWTP grant process. New Horizons will build a custom training program for your employees based on needs assessments conducted by each department within your organization. Additionally, our Grant Team collects all required data needed to write and submit the grant on your behalf. Upon grant approval by the LWC, we continue to work closely with you and other training providers to monitor training progress to ensure that all grant objectives are successfully met. 

For more information on how New Horizons can help, please fill out and submit the form to the right.

IWTP Eligibility Requirements

  •  A business must be operating in Louisiana for a minimum of three years.
  •  The business must be contributing to the IWTP funding account and current on Unemployment Insurance Tax payments.
  •  Employers must train a minimum of 15 employees within the IWTP grant.
  •  Trainees must be incumbent workers for whom the employer incurs a UI tax liability for the state of Louisiana.

The IWTP Login will confirm all requirements have been met. New user will need an Unemployment Insurance number and Federal ID number available. To reset username or password, it is recommended to partner with your IWTP Regional Advisor.

Small Business Employee Training

Companies with less than 50 employees are eligible to apply for the Small Business Employee Training (SBET) program. SBET will fund up to $3,000 per employee per fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th) provided the employer meets the same requirements for IWTP eligibility. The employer submits the application on the state site, and the LWC Regional Advisor reviews the application for approval.

Once training is approved, the employees may begin training. The employer will be reimbursed for approved training costs after training is completed and the invoicing documents have been submitted to the LWC. Applications may be submitted through the SBET Login.

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