General Program Information
The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job–training program providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public Community and Technical colleges, Local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.
For the next two fiscal years (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2011), TWC has $90 million in Skills Development Funds to support high quality, customized job training projects across the state. Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000.
How does it work?
A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with a public Community or Technical college to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.
How does TWC help?
TWC provides access to a team of highly skilled professionals who provide technical assistance, at no charge, to help streamline the development of projects and proposals. Our team is available to work directly with employers, colleges, Local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners throughout the life of the project to ensure employers are getting the training their workers need.
The Workforce Business Services Outreach & Customer Support Team will:
- Provide technical assistance
- Advise and assist partners with developing quality proposals
- Review "draft" proposals prior to formal submission