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.
The Kilgore community receives services through Kilgore College, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and East Texas Workforce Board. Kilgore College and TSTC tailor training curriculum to match the needs of each specific company in addition to standard certificate programs/courses. The college will work with companies to prepare the application for state training funds.
The state-funded Skills Development Fund job-training program is available to new or to expanding existing industry through local community or technical colleges. The SDF program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job training projects. It successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities to increase the skills level and wages of the Texas workforce. Pre-employment testing and screening are also available.
The average cost for an SDF trainee is approximately $1,500 with a standard length 12 month contract, although the actual cost can be higher or lower. If the cost per trainee for a proposed project is higher than the average, an application may strengthen its proposal by including justification for higher cost.
Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas's business community - our more than 433,000 small employers. Small businesses now can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.
For more information on the fund, click HERE.