Locally, workforce development assistance is provided by Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, which manages the Dallas County workforce system, and receives federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. Services include:
- Applicant screening and recruiting, including specialized recruiting services
- Hiring events for individual employers and groups of employers
- Assessment services
- Customized training for new and current employees
- Outplacement services during downsizing
- Information regarding labor market, applicant pool and hiring climate
For more information, visit www.wfsdallas.com/employer or call (214) 302-5555.
The Texas Workforce Commission funds a variety of program that provide up to approximately $1,800 per worker trained in partnership with a community college and the local workforce board. Recipients of state funding must pay wages to the successfully trained employees that are equal to or greater than the prevailing wage for the occupation in the local market.
The Skills Development Fund offers training that will be customized to meet the needs of your business for full-time employees. Funds can be used for tuition, curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials. For more information: www.twc.texas.gov/programs/skills-development-fund.
A subset of the Skills Development Fund, Recruit Texas offers similar training amounts to the Skills Development Fund but fast tracks the application and approval process, and also allows funds to be used for training equipment that is necessary for instructor certification and employment. Recruit Texas funds are limited to either new to Texas business or existing businesses hiring new employees.
For companies with fewer than 100 employees, funds from Skills for Small Businesses can be used. Up to $1,800 in tuition and fees is available to new full-time hires and $900 for incumbent workers. Training is selected from existing courses offered by a community college. See www.twc.texas.gov/programs/skills-small-business.
The Self Sufficiency Fund program assists adult recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (among others) with industry-aligned certification training in six targeted industries. 501(c)3 community-based organizations and community colleges may apply for this funding, which will provide up to $2,100 per trainee. Employer partnerships are also required for a successful application. More information is here: https://www.twc.texas.gov/programs/self-sufficiency-fund-program-overview.
Certain employers who hire certain targeted populations, including TANF, SNAP or SSI recipients, the formerly incarcerated, qualified veterans, or the long term unemployed before January 1, 2020 may be eligible for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit. More information is available from the IRS (https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit) and Department of Labor (doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/).
For more information on training programs and services, please contact City staff, visit www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/train-your-workforce or call (877) 463-1777.