Skills Development:

Skills Development is Texas’ premier job-training program. The focus of Skills Development is new job creation and retention of jobs. Skills Development provides grants to community and technical colleges to provide customized job training programs for businesses who want to train new workers or upgrade the skills of their existing workforce.

Skills Development funds successfully merge business needs with local job training opportunities to form a winning solution for Tarrant County Businesses and workers.

Skills Development helps:

Businesses and employers create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workforce
Job seekers and employees acquire new skills or upgraded existing skills to advance their careers.

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, and the college administers the grant.

Authority & Funding
Skills Development is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, and success is achieved through collaboration with businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

The program is funded by appropriations from the Texas Legislature.

The program is governed by the following rules and regulations:

Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 20, Chapter 803
Texas Labor Coded, Chapter 303

TWC’s Skills Development Fund web page
Frequently asked questions
Skills development overview

Proposal Submission Guidelines/Form
Private Partner Information Form
Curricula & Budget Management Form
Skills for Small Business:

Skills for Small Business finances tuition and fees for community and technical college courses for current and newly hired employees of small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) in Texas, successfully merging small business needs and local training opportunities into a winning formula for putting people to work in Texas.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Skills for Small Business program supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, emphasizes training for new workers, and helps upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Through this program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas’ business community—our more than 433,000 small employers.

Small businesses 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.

About the Program

The program emphasizes training newly hired employees—those who have been hired by the company upto three months prior to the date that TWC receives an application.
It funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per incumbent employee. An individual employee can participate once per 12-month period.
Funding for training is for full-time employees.
All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or TEEX. No third-party vendor training is allowed.
Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules—credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses.
Training may also be emphasized for occupations targeted by Workforce Development Boards.
Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.
Authority & Funding
Skills for Small Business is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission and is governed by the following rules and regulations:

Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 20, Chapter 803
Texas Labor Coded, Chapter 303
Tips & Guides
Information and resources on Skills for Small Business:

TWC’s Skills for Small Business web page
Skills for Small Business FAQ
America’s Small Business Development Centers