Job Training for Businesses

Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund
The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund financed entirely by Massachusetts employers. Its purpose is to provide resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees.

The general program has two categories of grants: training and technical assistance. Training grants range from $2,000 to $250,000. Technical assistance grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Express Program
The Express Program is designed for small employers (up to 50 employees) and labor unions to quickly and simply provide training for employees. An applicant can receive up to $15,000 within a 12-month period

Hiring Incentive Grants
The Hiring Incentive Training Grant Program is open to all employers. It provides training grants of up to $2,000 per employee and up to $30,000 a year per company. This program assists in paying training costs for newly hired employees who have been unemployed over a year and those that do not have a call back date from their last employer.

Work Opportunity Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is one tool in a diverse toolbox of flexible strategies designed to help move people from welfare into gainful employment and obtain on-the-job experience. The WOTC applies to new employees hired on or after January 1, 2007 and before August 31, 2011.
  • $2,400 for each new adult hire
  • $1,200 for each new summer youth hire
  • $9,000 for each new long-term family assistance recipient hired over a two-year period
Safety Training Grants
The Massachusetts State Department of Industrial Accidents will make training grants of up to $25,000 available to businesses to help cut down on on-the-job injuries. Applications are accepted on an annual basis. For more information please call 1-877-MASSAFE ext. 387

STEM Employment and Training Initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEMPower (Mid-Massachusetts STEM Pathways Initiative) has announced offers a hub for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related employment activities for the central Massachusetts region.

  • Online community where job seekers can set up a professional profile and expand their job search activities
  • Discussion groups for STEM job seekers, employers, educators, and trainers and others interested and engaged in this field
  • Administration for the Advisory Council, Industry Mentors, and Career Coaches that are part of the STEMPower initiative
  • Calendar and links of the regions STEM-related events and organizations
  • Training grants