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State Incentives - Workforce Training

Information Source: State Department of Kansas

The state of Kansas is dedicated to the training and retraining of its work-force to obtain the skills needed by employers. Expansion Management magazine recently ranked the Kansas workforce training programs among the top ten in the nation for ease of access and overall financial value to clients. If your company is new to Kansas, or if your Kansas business is expanding or restructuring, you may qualify for assistance under one of our workforce training programs.

These flexible programs offer:

Kansas Industrial Training Program (KIT)

DESIGNED FOR

New and expanding businesses. Customized to your company's needs.

TYPE OF TRAINING

Pre-Employment Training: Prospective employees usually attend classes on their own time, without pay, while gaining detailed knowledge of specific skills necessary for job entry. Allows company and potential employee to evaluate one another before making a commitment.

On-the-Job Training: Employees on the payroll receive instruction on the company's equipment in a classroom or on the work floor. Each program is customized to match your company's specific need. Pre-Employment and On-the-Job Training may be combined.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Basic Enterprises* creating at least one new job paying at least $8.00 per hour (excluding recalled workers, replacement workers, or formerly existing jobs).

COVERED EXPENSES

Can pay negotiated costs for instructors' salaries; travel, meals, and lodging; videotape development; training manuals and textbooks; supplies and materials; minor equipment; certain utility costs; temporary training facilities; and curriculum planning and development.

INSTRUCTOR SELECTION

Instructors may come from your supervisory staff, community colleges, technical schools, consultants, vendors, etc. If desired, we can assist in locating qualified instructors.

TRAINING FACILITIES

State universities, vocational-technical schools, community colleges, temporary rental facilities, or your facility.

TRAINEE SELECTION

The company retains complete control over their hiring specifications and final trainee selection. If desired, the Kansas Department of Human Resources can assist in screening potential trainees.

HOW TO APPLY

The company prepares and submits to the KDOC a training proposal based on a brief outline. State training consultants can provide free assistance to help you develop this proposal.

Kansas Industrial Retraining Program (KIR)

DESIGINED FOR

Restructuring companies whose employees are likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills. Customized to your company's needs.

TYPE OF TRAINING

On-the-Job Training: Employees on the payroll receive instruction on the company's equipment in a classroom or on the work floor. Each program is customized to match your company's specific needs.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Basic Enterprises* that are restructuring due to the incorporation of existing technology, new technology, product diversification, or new production activities. Minimum training requirement of one existing employee. Average employee wages must be at least $7.00 per hour.

COVERED EXPENSES

Same as KIT program, however, requires matching funds from your company.

INSTRUCTOR SELECTION

Same as KIT program.

TRAINING FACILITIES

Same as KIT program.

TRAINEE SELECTION

Existing employees likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.

HOW TO APPLY

Same as KIT program, however, projects are funded on a competitive basis and are awarded every two months.

*Basic Enterprises include manufacturing, distribution, regional or national service facilities, and other businesses primarily engaged in the development or production of goods or the provision of services for out-of-state sale.

Investments in Major Projects and Comprehensive Training Program (IMPACT)

DESIGNED FOR

New and expanding businesses or consortiums of businesses that are creating a large number of new jobs and/or new jobs paying above-average wages. Customized to your company's needs.

TYPE OF TRAINING

Same as KIT program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Same as KIT program.

IMPACT is typically reserved for projects involving at least 100 new jobs at a higher-than-average wage. Projects with less than 100 new jobs may be funded but must involve wage levels significantly higher than average.

COVERED EXPENSES

Same as KIT. Also, up to 50 percent of funds may be used to lease or purchase training equipment for local educational institutions. Up to ten percent of funds may be used to cover the administrative costs of the school.

PAYBACK PROVISIONS

If withholding taxes fail to match projections (for example, insufficient new jobs created), your company may be required to repay some of the funding. If your company leaves Kansas before the bonds are retired, the full cost must be repaid, less withholding taxes already collected.

INSTRUCTOR SELECTION

Same as KIT program.

TRAINING FACILITIES

Same as KIT program.

TRAINEE SELECTION

Same as KIT program.

COMMENTS

IMPACT has two major components: SKILL (State of Kansas Investments in Lifelong Learning) and MPI (Major Project Investment). SKILL funds may be used to pay for workforce training expenses. MPI funds may be used for other expenses related to the project such as the purchase or relocation of equipment, labor recruitment, or building costs. IMPACT is funded through tax-exempt, public purpose bonds issued by the Kansas Finance Development Authority.

HOW TO APPLY

The company and a Kansas public educational institution (area technical school, community college, regents institution, municipal university) jointly submit a training proposal to the KDOC. KDOC recommends a funding amount based on the level of training required, the overall efficiency of the project, the quality of jobs created, etc. The recommendation is passed to the Governor's Council on Workforce Training and Investment, which must approve all IMPACT projects.

Contact

Rebecca Bouska, Deputy City Administrator 
316-722-7561