The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in existing employees’ skill development and by increasing employee productivity and company growth. This is expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for the trained workers.
The IWTP works as a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), business and industry, and training providers. The program is funded by a social charge assessed on employers that is paid along
with Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax contributions. The funds are dedicated solely for training to benefit incumbent workers of an industry or businesses operating in Louisiana for whom the businesses incur a state unemployment tax liability. The customized training this partnership provides produces benefits for:
An applicant is eligible to participate in the Incumbent Worker Training Program if it meets the following criteria:
Employers must: 1) have been in business in the state for at least three years, contributing to the Incumbent Worker Training Account, and be in full compliance with Louisiana’s UI laws; 2) have at least fifteen people to be trained; and 3) cannot be receiving Small Business Employee Training (SBET) concurrently.
In addition, the employer’s request for training must be to: 1) prevent job loss caused by obsolete skills, technological change, or national or global competition; 2) create, update, or retain jobs in a labor demand occupation; or 3) update or retain jobs in an occupation which is not a labor demand occupation, if the administrator determines that the services are necessary to prevent the likely loss of jobs.
Training Providers selected by employers must demonstrate a history of: 1) successful training through its placement, retention, and satisfaction rates; 2) collaboration with the targeted industry in the development of the training program curriculum; and 3) use of a current industry standard as the basis for programs utilized to train students for employment in the targeted industry.
NOTE: Employers seeking a training award may not select the following as a training provider: 1) any entity whose principal owner is an immediate family member, as defined in the Code of Governmental Ethics, of an individual in a management position with the employer who has the authority to make decisions regarding the training program; or 2) any related business such as a parent, subsidiary, or partner of the employer.
Trainees must be incumbent workers for whom the employer incurs a UI tax liability for the state of Louisiana
Preferential consideration is given to those companies that:
The following takes you through the fl ow of a typical IWTP application. By following this process, you will get a clear picture of how the system works.
* Limited to Public Training Providers. Must follow state bid procedures and must be related to the proposed training.
Selecting a Training Provider
Questions from Training Providers