Incumbent Worker Training Overview


The purpose of the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) is to support training projects that will benefit local business and industry by assisting the skill development of existing employees, thereby averting layoff, increasing employee productivity and growth of the company, as well as assisting in keeping The Greater Ohio Workforce Board’s workforce competitive. The training is expected to lead to the creation of new jobs, retention of jobs, increased wages for better trained workers, a higher-skilled workforce, and a more profitable business climate.


Trainees must meet the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements for an employer/employee relationship.

Trainees must be employed by the business with which the IWT contract is being written and have an established employment history with the employer as of the date of the IWT agreement signing.

Applicant Requirements

The Greater Ohio Workforce Board businesses or non-profit and trade organizations applying for IWT must:

  • Address strategy to avoid a layoff or business closure
  • Be operating in The Greater Ohio Workforce Board area
  • Have full-time employees
  • Remain current on all state obligations, as verified at:
    • Federal Exclusion and Debarment Site:
    • Ohio Department of Taxation:
    • Business filing Search:
  • Employers are required to pay for a share of the total cost of the project, either cash or inkind:
    • At least 10 percent of the cost, for employers with 50 or fewer employees
    • At least 25 percent of the cost, for employers with 51 to 100 employees
    • At least 50 percent of the cost, for employers with more than 100 employees
  • Demonstrate a commitment to retaining operations and employees in The Greater Ohio Workforce Board, and
  • Be willing to participate in a full range of services provided by the local OhioMeansJobs Center

Allowable Costs

Allowable costs may include only costs directly related to training. Allowable costs may include:

  • Curriculum development
  • Instructor/trainer salaries
  • Textbooks, manuals, training software, materials and non-consumables
  • Wages paid to participants while in training may be considered as a source of matching funds on the employer side of the training budget

Unallowable Costs

Unallowable costs include but are not limited to:

  • Training tools/equipment (must become personal property of trainee upon completion of training)
  • Trainee wages (no overtime)
  • Foreign travel
  • Purchases or lease of capital equipment
  • Encouragement or inducement of a business or part of a business to relocate from any location in the United States
  • Use of IWT funds to pay for a worker’s training wages
  • Use of IWT funds to train management employees in management such as Six Sigma and LEAN.

Expected Outcomes

As a result of the award of IWT funds, applicants will be expected to demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Layoff aversion
  • Business growth/expansion
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased profits, quality, or efficiency
  • Increased wages for employees who complete the training
  • Increased retention of existing workforce
  • Industry-recognized credential for trainees is highly encouraged