Technical Training Available in Muhlenberg County Kentucky
Workforce training has never been more essential. As companies think globally, it's imperative that Muhlenberg County Kentucky's workforce be the very best it can be to remain competitive and provide good jobs for its citizens.
Kentucky’s Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) plays a significant role in keeping Kentucky's business and industry competitive by assisting them in providing the necessary training for their workforce.
BSSC has built a strong reputation for meeting and exceeding industry needs for customized, flexible and industry-driven skills training. It achieves this by partnering with other employment and training organizations to tailor a comprehensive program of skills training services for new, expanding and existing companies.
BSSC assists business training needs by:
- Administering and funding Kentucky's customized business and industry-specific training efforts through training agreements for Grant-in-Aid and Skills Training Investment Credit projects that are approved by the BSSC Board of Directors;
- Acting as a broker, by coordinating the resources of providers of skills training and employment services;
- Facilitating the creation of public/private partnerships through education and training programs designed to meet unfilled training needs of individual and multiple-company training projects, or consortia; and
- Administering any special state appropriation for customized business and industry-specific training.
MAP has the skills to leverage available training programs to assist new and expanding industry in Muhlenberg County to provide the necessary training to meet the needs of their employers. Following are a just two of the program for which your project may qualify.
The Grant-in-Aid Program allows Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) to administer and fund Muhlenberg County Kentucky’s industry-specific training efforts through grants approved by the Board of Directors;
- to act as a broker of skills training and employment services;
- to facilitate and fund new training programs; and
- to administer any special state appropriations for industry-specific training.
Its purpose is to improve and promote employment opportunities for Kentucky residents. The BSSC has the following programs available to meet a companies workforce training needs:
- Competitive Grant-in-Aid (GIA) and;
- Competitive Grant-in-Aid (Consortia).
The BSSC's grant-in-aid program's basic purpose is to improve and promote employment opportunities for the residents of the Commonwealth through training grants with business and industry. The GIA program provides reimbursement dollars to companies/consortia for company specific training activities. For consideration a company must complete and submit an application and receive approval from the BSSC Board of Directors. Once the application is approved by the board the company can begin eligible training.
The maximum funding amount for individual companies during a BSSC fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) is as follows (based on the number of Kentucky resident full-time employees): $25,000 (1-499) and $50,000 (500 plus). The Consortia maximum is $75,000. Applications are further limited to the number of trainees (x) $2,000. The minimum application amount is $2,500. The average training cost per trainee in any single training activity cannot exceed $2,000.
The following firms are eligible to apply for BSSC funds: manufacturing, non-manufacturing (majority of income for services provided must be generated outside of Kentucky), headquarter operations (majority of services provided must be for facilities located outside of Kentucky), public or non-profit hospitals, and training consortia. Only when specific funds for grants-in-aid to retail businesses are appropriated by the General Assembly will retail establishments be eligible to apply. At this time, no funds have been appropriated by the General Assembly. Therefore, retail establishments are not eligible. Any firm, company, consultant, or institution whose primary business is to provide training or training consultation for a fee is not eligible for BSSC grant funds.
The following training types are allowed under BSSC guidelines: Pre-Employment Skills Training, Entry Level Skills Training, & Skills Upgrade Training. The following are examples of eligible training activities and methods: classroom & OJT training, innovative training techniques, individual assessment, train-the-trainer travel, tuition, and certification. Stand-alone safety, mandated training, trainee wages, retroactive training, and pro/con union training are not eligible.
The BSSC provides up to 50% reimbursement for eligible training activities. This training can be provided by an in-house trainer, a consultant, or an educational institution. BSSC will reimburse $25 per hour ($50 cp/h total training) for all in-house training. Consultant & Education Provider rates vary from $50-$65 per hour. To view specific rates refer to our GIA guidelines.
Participants in the GIA program must be residents of Kentucky who are full-time employees of the applicant company. Eligible employees must make a minimum of $10.88 per hour base wage plus 15% benefits.
An application must score at least 25 points to go before the BSSC Board of Directors. For full scoring criteria refer to the BSSC guidelines.
The BSSC's Grant-in-Aid program for Consortia promotes collaborative training initiatives for companies that have common training needs. The training consortium must be industry driven and be a partnership between business/industry, education, and government working together to maximize the effectiveness of the current and future workforce.
The maximum funding amount for consortia is $75,000 per BSSC fiscal year (July 1- June 30,). The minimum application amount is $2500. Applications are further limited to the number of trainees (x) $2,000.
The eligible consortia shall include three (exception may apply for a new consortia, please see Grant-in-Aid guidelines for further information) or more BSSC eligible companies that maintain an industry driven board or committee, a mission statement, bylaws, bank account, and a federal identification number.
The following training types are allowed under BSSC guidelines: Pre-Employment Skills Training, Skills Upgrade Training, and Entry Level Skills Training. The following are examples of eligible training activities and methods: classroom, innovative training techniques, tuition, and capacity building. Pro/con union training, retroactive training, and/or mandated/safety training are not eligible. A minimum of three consortia members must participate together in any single training category as indicated by specific course/class title on the Training Plan page of the application.
The BSSC provides reimbursement for up to 50% of eligible training activities. This training can be provided in-house, by a consultant, or by an educational institution. BSSC will provide reimbursement up to $25 per hour ($50 p/h total training) for all in-house training. Consultant & Education Provider rates vary from $50-$65 per hour. To view specific rates refer to our GIA guidelines.
Participants in the Grant-in-Aid program must be residents of Kentucky who are full-time employees of the member companies applying as a consortium. Eligible employees must make a minimum of $10.88 per hour base wage plus 15% benefits.
he BSSC Board of Directors promotes collaborative training initiatives and provides priority consideration for training agreements that demonstrate the willingness of multiple companies to work together through training consortia. Consortiums are eligible to receive 30 points on the application under the ‘Progressive Initiative' section (see Grant in Aid guidelines for further information on scoring).
The Skills Training Investment Credit Act is an economic development initiative which aids existing companies in their efforts to develop a skilled workforce. It allows companies to recover 50 percent of their approved costs for occupational and skills upgrade training costs through an income tax credit limited to $500 per Kentucky resident employed, not to exceed $100,000 per company per biennium.
The STIC program's basic purpose is to improve and promote employment opportunities for the residents of Kentucky through tax credits with business and industry. The STIC program provides tax credits to companies for company specific training activities. To be considered, a company must complete and submit an application to the Board of Directors. Once the application is preliminarily approved by the board the company can begin eligible training.
The maximum funding amount for individual companies is $500 per eligible employee or $100,000 per BSSC biennium (July 1, 2010- June 30, 2012). The BSSC has a maximum of $2.5 million per fiscal year to award to eligible companies as tax credits.
The company must have been engaged in one of the following qualified activities within Kentucky for not less than three consecutive years immediately preceding the submission of the application: manufacturing including the processing, assembly, production or warehousing of any property; processing of agricultural and forestry products; telecommunications; health care; product research and engineering; tool and die and machine technology; mining; tourism and operation of facilities to be used in the entertainment, recreation and convention industry; transportation in support of manufacturing. Any company whose primary purpose is the sale of goods at retail shall not constitute a qualified company.
Skills Upgrade Training is allowed under BSSC guidelines. The following are examples of eligible training activities and methods:
- innovative training techniques
- individual assessment
- train-the-trainer travel
- training equipment
- mandated/safety training and employee wages.
Pro/con union training and retroactive training are not eligible.
The BSSC provides tax credits for 50% of customized training programs. This training can be provided in-house, by a consultant, or by an educational institution. BSSC will provide credits up to $25 per hour ($50 p/h total training) for all in-house training. Consultant & Education Provider rates vary from $50-$65 per hour. To view specific rates, refer to our STIC guidelines.
Participants in the STIC program must be residents of Kentucky who are full-time employees of the applying company. Eligible employees must make a minimum of $10.88 per hour base wage plus 15% benefits.
STIC applications are not scored but are considered on a first come, first serve basis
KY WINS is a workforce training incentive program administered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The goal of the KY WINS initiative is to provide high-level technical transfer skills training to existing and new industries and businesses that are creating high paying jobs for Kentucky's citizens. The program can provide up to 75% of the costs for training, assessing, and profiling services.
The centerpiece of the KCTCS workforce and economic development efforts is the Kentucky Workforce Investment Network System (KY WINS). Through KY WINS KCTCS colleges work with you to provide the training your employees need to keep your company competitive in today's global economy.
Through KY WINS, companies receive funding to assist with the cost of providing workforce training and assessment services to current as well as potential employees. KY WINS funds are distributed on a project basis and require a 35% company cash match*. The KCTCS Workforce Solutions staff will assist companies in developing training plans and applying for KY WINS funding.
Companies may apply individually or as a training network with other companies. The training networks meet common training needs of business and industry from various sectors of the economy. The network approach is successful because companies who only need one or two employees trained are able to join with other companies to obtain cost-effective and timely training. KCTCS Workforce Solutions staff will assist companies in developing the training networks.
*KY WINS picks up 75% of the cost of the service. However, the company has to the pay a 25% match with an additional 10% admininistration fee, thus the 35%.
Muhlenberg County is on the cutting edge when it comes to helping its residents and companies with local training assistance. With the M-TAP program the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress (MAP) is well positioned to help offer new and existing companies with access to local training resources. Based on the level of investment, the quality and number of jobs, MAP can offer local dollars to support training needs. The actual dollar amount will be established on a case-by-case basis. M-TAP funds are limited with priority given to companies engaged in manufacturing, logistics, and information services. Jobs must be full time and provide wages that meet county standards set by the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation.
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