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Incumbent Worker Training Fund

The Incumbent Worker Training Fund offers training support to businesses in Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties with a plan or an interest in training their current working individuals. The applicants must not be contractual employees.

All trainings must result in a credential that confirms completion.


Expected outcomes include at least one of the following:


  • Improving alignment of existing workers’ skills with evolving job requirements

  • Providing participants with access to new career opportunities within a business or industry

  • Encouraging worker retention through the promotion of up-to-date skills training

  • Increasing wages of incumbent participants

  • Creating new opportunities for entry-level workers by providing opportunities for promotion of existing workforce

  • Supporting and enhancing local and regional economic environments


Training support is defined as expense reimbursements for:


  1. Occupational classroom training and up-skilled certifications in a defined, career pathway

  2. Work and learn strategies such as:

    1. Cross-training work assignments within the company

    2. In-house proprietary training using current employee trainers

    3. In-house proprietary training from outside vendors

    4. Outside training vendors performing training at locations outside the business


These may be combined to provide a specific learning goal that relates directly to the qualifications for a promoted job title and/or a defined career pathway within the company. Training expenses will be a maximum of $5,000 per company, with a targeted training rate
of $1,500 per individual, though the targeted rate per individual is negotiable.

To learn more or to express interest in the IWT, please contact
Debbie Bowden of Envistra, LLC. at

Dorchester                        Flier
Kent & Queen Anne's        Flier   

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