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The TWC Skills for Veterans initiative dedicates $1 million from the Skills Development Fund to address the training needs of post-9/11 veterans returning home and entering the Texas workforce. Skills for Veterans will enhance the skills of veterans, which will benefit Texas employers. Employers who hire post-9/11 era veterans, especially those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn or Operation Enduring Freedom, may be eligible to participate in this training opportunity.
All private businesses, including private, nonprofit hospitals, can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), to upgrade the skills of newly hired veterans. We review the applications and work with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.
To participate in Skills for Veterans, a business must meet all of these requirements:
Skills for Veterans pays up to $1,450 to be used in a 12-month period for an eligible post-9/11 era veteran hired within the three months prior to our receipt of the training application. The training funding for an individual is not available after 12 months. Tuition and fees must be for course offerings that are provided by public community and technical colleges in the local area. Skills for Veterans will not cover costs for course offerings from third-party vendors, universities, or proprietary or vocational schools.
We will provide Skills for Veterans funding to local public community or technical colleges or TEEX to pay for veteran training under this initiative. The college will work with the business to identify training courses to enhance the skills of veterans and benefit the employer’s business operations. Businesses are responsible for all course costs not covered by Skills for Veterans funding.
The hourly wage of each employee for whom training is being requested must meet the prevailing wage for that occupation in the local labor market. TWC will use local labor market wage data to determine if this requirement is met. To determine the prevailing wage for an occupation, see TWC’s Prevailing Wage Data Research.
Interested employers should partner with their local community or technical college to apply.
For assistance, contact TWC Workforce Business Services staff at 877-463-1777 or e-mail SkillsforVeterans@twc.state.tx.us.
Last Verified: January 08, 2015
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