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Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program

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Shannon Vanderpool
Office of Strategic Business Investments
(614) 644-8560

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A robust, motivated, well-educated, and highly trained workforce is critical for the retention and expansion of all businesses in Ohio. In their efforts to improve their economic competitiveness, employers must find ways to consistently upgrade the skills of their workforce through educational and training opportunities. To this end, the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio's incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of this program is twofold: allow employers to retain and grow their existing Ohio workforce and create a statewide workforce that can meet the present and future demands in an ever changing economy.

In partnership with, this employer-driven program is targeted to provide direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of Ohio's employers. The program is designed to offset a portion of the employer's costs to upgrade the skills of its incumbent workforce and will provide reimbursement to eligible employers for specific training costs accrued during training. The program's funding will be used in conjunction with private contributions to fund skill-upgrade training. Eligible employers must demonstrate that by receiving funding assistance through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program their business will not only obtain a skilled workforce but will improve their company processes and competitiveness.

Workforce Training Voucher Program Frequently Asked Questions

An eligible employer is one who operates as a for-profit entity in a state-designated targeted industry, with a facility located in Ohio that has been in continuous operation for the 12 months immediately prior to the application submittal. Targeted industries are: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Polymers and Chemicals, Back Office, Logistics, or Research and Development. The company's NAICS code will determine eligibility as to the targeted industry.

Vouchers will be awarded in the form of a Voucher Agreement between the Ohio Development Services Agency and the employer.  The program will be administered on a first-come, first-served application process until all of the available funds are committed.  After that time, applications will still be accepted and retained in a “queue” in the event that money becomes available.

The fiscal year encompasses the following period: July 1 – June 30.  An employee may be eligible for up to $4,000 during this period.

Each employer (identified by Federal Employee Identification Number/FEIN) will be eligible for up to $250,000 in assistance per fiscal year. The Voucher Agreement and any Supplements to the Master Voucher Agreement issued to an employer during the fiscal year, aggregated throughout all of its State of Ohio locations, will be included in this calculation. Please note that only one application per employer will be accepted per program year. If an employer has multiple sites, those sites must work together to submit the one application. An application may include multiple employees and multiple training courses.

We will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the cost of the training (up to $4,000 per employee and/or up to $250,000 per company) once the employer pays the full cost of the training. The employer's contribution must come from private sources and cannot include any previously acquired public funds. The match does not include wages.

No.  The training provider is to be selected independently by the employer and/or employee (with employer approval) and may be a public, private, or in-house trainer.

Once the required documentation has been collected, an employer will submit them to:

The Ohio Development Services Agency
Office of Strategic Business Investments
Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program
77 South High Street
28th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-1001

See Reimbursement Request Instructions (on the left-hand-side of this page) for additional information.

  • Either a class roster, transcript, or a copy of certificate for each trainee. Please note that only trainings that can verify successful completion will be reimbursed;
  • For outside vendors/trainers, an invoice from the training provider and proof of payment;
  • For in-house trainers, a list of trainer's names with their hourly wages (including benefits) listed on company letterhead;
  • Invoice for any instructional materials such as manuals or text books.

The grantee shall submit invoices no more than once during each quarter of the grant period unless it is the final invoice.

A grantee will be permitted two amendments during the grant period.

The applicant employee must be an Ohio resident who is currently employed directly by an eligible employer at an Ohio facility.

No, this program is for incumbent employees that meet the program eligibility guidelines.

Any employees, other than employees that are also owners of the company, are eligible for the program as long as they meet the program eligibility guidelines.

Training must begin August 1, 2013 or later and must be completed by June 30, 2014.

While the Effective Date of the Agreement will be August 1, 2013, any costs incurred or monies expended by the applicant on the project prior to final approval and the execution of the written agreement, is done at the applicant's own risk. Applicant's decision to go forward does not obligate the State of Ohio to provide state assistance that has not received all required approvals or has not been memorialized in a written agreement between the applicant and the state of Ohio. All training must begin August 1, 2013 or later and must be completed by June 30, 2014.

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will provide reimbursement funds for tuition courses when the course meets the needs of the applicant company. Therefore, the course must be required by the company and be job related, regardless of the requirement for a degree. Tuition courses which are for the sole purpose of obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree are not eligible for this program.