Workforce Development Training Fund

The Workforce Development Training Fund − WDTF − can reimburse employee training costs to eligible companies that are bringing jobs to Idaho, adding jobs through expansion and/or retraining existing workers with skills necessary for specific economic opportunities and industrial expansion initiatives; to provide innovative training solutions to meet industry specific workforce needs or local workforce challenges. The fund is financed by employers through an offset to the unemployment insurance tax.

Eligibility requirements

  • Your company produces a product or service that is mainly sold (more than 50 percent) outside the region where the business is located OR the company is in the health care industry
  • The starting wage is $12 an hour or more for the new positions being created OR positions being retained
  • The company provides employer assisted medical benefits
  • The company is increasing its current workforce AND/OR retraining existing workers with skills necessary for specific economic opportunities and industrial expansion initiatives.
  • Workforce Development Training Fund Guidelines

How to apply

Applications and instructions are available for each training situation. The process is designed for a timely response. Once a completed application is submitted a draft contract will be put together for review by the company. Please contact your regional business specialist to assist you completing the application.

Frequently asked questions

  1. When does the contract start?

    The contract start date is typically the date a completed application is submitted. Training expenses that occurred prior to the contract start date are not eligible for reimbursement.

  2. How long does a contract last?

    A contract is typically written for a two-year period. There is flexibility, but the goal is to assist the employer to provide training quickly.

  3. What type of training is eligible for reimbursement?

    Transferable skills training for new and incumbent workers necessary to meet industry needs. This includes vendor-specific training such as new systems or equipment, Lean Manufacturing and skill training provided by local colleges.

  4. Can WDTF support soft skills training?

    WDTF does not support new employee orientation or culture training. However, WDTF can support soft-skill training, such as management or leadership training, if it is in conjunction with hard-skill training.

  5. Can employee wages be reimbursed during training?

    No. However, trainer wages can be reimbursed.

  6. Does it matter what size the business is?

    For cost efficiencies we focus on employers who are expanding or retaining more than five positions. Idaho Labor's on-the-Job training program can assist with smaller expansions.

  7. How and when does the employer receive reimbursements for approved training?

    Once a contract is signed the employer will receive required reporting forms that will be submitted with documented training expenses. A reimbursement request can be submitted monthly or quarterly.

  8. Can the contract be extended or modified?

    Yes, the company can request a contract modification stating what changes they would like to make and why. This will then be reviewed by Idaho Labor staff for approval.

Who to contact for help

Northern Idaho

Ricia Lasso

Regional Business Specialist

Phone: 208-457-8789 ext. 3992


  • Counties:
  • Benewah
  • Boundary
  • Bonner
  • Kootenai
  • Shoshone

North Central Idaho

Diane Hairston

Regional Business Specialist

Phone: 208-799-5000 ext. 4132


  • Counties:
  • Clearwater
  • Idaho
  • Latah
  • Lewis
  • Nez Perce

Southwestern Idaho

Jose DeLeon

Regional Business Specialist
Phone: 208-364-7781 ext. 3620


Matthew Thomsen

Regional Business Specialist

Phone: 208-364-7785 ext. 3698


Ofelia Morales

Regional Business Specialist

Phone: 208-364-7781 ext. 3954


  • Counties:
  • Ada
  • Adams
  • Boise
  • Canyon
  • Elmore
  • Gem
  • Owyhee
  • Payette
  • Valley
  • Washington

South Central Idaho

Brent Tolman

Regional Business Specialist
Phone: 208-678-5518 ext. 3120


  • Counties:
  • Blaine
  • Camas
  • Cassia
  • Gooding
  • Jerome
  • Lincoln
  • Minidoka
  • Twin Falls

Southeastern Idaho

Lon Crowell

Regional Business Specialist
Phone: 208-236-6710 ext. 4336


  • Counties:
  • Bannock
  • Bear Lake
  • Bingham
  • Caribou
  • Franklin
  • Oneida
  • Power

Eastern Idaho

Heather Nunamaker

Regional Business Specialist
Phone: 208-557-2500 ext. 3878


  • Counties:
  • Bonneville
  • Butte
  • Clark
  • Custer
  • Freemont
  • Jefferson
  • Lemhi
  • Madison
  • Teton

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