Incumbent Worker Training
Upskill Your Workers
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 that have been with their respective company for six months or more, thereby averting layoff, increasing employee productivity and growth of the company, as well as assisting in keeping OMJ-Allen County’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.

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Program Information
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Trainee Requirements
  • Trainees need to be employed for six months or more by the business with which the IWT contract is being written.
  • Trainees must meet the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements for an employer-employee relationship.
  • Trainees must have an established employment history with the employer as of the date of the IWT agreement signing.
  • Trainees do not have to meet the eligibility requirements for career and training services for WIOA Adults or Dislocated Workers.
  • Trainees must be reported via the Mini Incumbent Worker registration in OWCMS; however they are not subject to performance measures.
Employer Requirements

OMJ-Allen County businesses or non-profit and trade organizations applying for IWT must:

  • Address strategy to avoid a layoff or business closure
  • Meet any additional policy guidelines OMJ-Allen County sub-grantees may establish
  • Be operating in OMJ-Allen County
  • 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 in-kind: At least a 10% of cost, for employers with 50 or fewer employees; At least 25% of cost, for employers with 51 to 100 employees; or At least 50% of cost, for employers with more than 100 employees.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to retaining operations and employees in OMJ-Allen County, and
  • Be willing to participate in a full range of services provided by OMJ-Allen County


Allowable/Unallowable Costs

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 trainings, may be considered as a source of matching funds on the employer side of training budget.


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 (no overtime)
  • Foreign travel
  • Purchase of capital equipment
  • 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
  • Use of IWT funds to pay for a worker’s training wages
  • Use of IWT funds to train management staff 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
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