Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) supports training projects that will benefit local businesses by increasing the skill development of existing employees that have been with their respective company for six months or more. IWT assists with the creation of new jobs, averting layoff and retention of jobs, increased wages for better-trained workers, a higher-skilled workforce, and a more profitable business.

Program Information

  • Should be employed with the company for six months or more
  • Must meet the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) requirements for an employer-employee relationship. Click HERE to visit the Department of Labor website for more information on this requirement 
  • Must be recorded as a training recipient in the state workforce tracking system (our staff will enter this information you will provide at the time of an approved IWT application from you).
  • Have full-time employees
  • Must address strategies to avoid a layoff or business closure
  • Be operating in and commit to retaining operations and employees in Knox County
  • Remain current on all state obligations (verified on;; and
  • Pay for a share of the total cost of the training project either in cash or in-kind based on company size as follows: Employers with 50 or fewer employees pay at least 10% of eligible costs; Employers with 51-100 employees pay at least 25% of eligible costs; Employers with more than 100 employees pay at least 50% of eligible costs
  • Be willing to participate in other services provided by OhioMeansJobs Knox County
  • Meet any additional policy guidelines of OhioMeansJobs Knox County and/or the Greater Ohio Workforce Board Inc.

Allowable Costs

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

  • Curriculum development
  • Instructor/trainer salaries
  • Textbooks, manuals, training software, materials, and non-consumables
  • Training wages paid to trainees may be considered as in-kind payment toward the employer’s required contribution to the training project (determination is at the discretion of OhioMeansJobs Knox County and based on available funding)

Unallowable Costs

Unallowable costs include but are not limited to:

  • Training tools/equipment (must become real personal property of trainee upon completion of training)
  • Trainee wages
  • Foreign travel
  • Purchases or lease of capital equipment
  • Encouragement of inducement of a business or part of a business to relocate from any location in the United States
  • The training provider cannot be a company employee
  • Workshops, seminars, or conferences

Note: IWT project approvals are subject to available WIOA Adult and Dislcoated Worker local funds. 

As a result of the award of IWT funds, business 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 encouraged (but not required)

It's easy to get started!


Choose a training provider. 


Download the application from the link below and submit it for approval. 


Once approved, train your employees. 


Submit your invoice, receipts, and final budget and recevie your reimbursement!

Incumbent Worker Training Application

Download the application below. Email your completed application to [email protected]

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