When does the contract start?
The contract start date is typically the first day of the month the application is submitted. Training expenses that occurred prior to the contract start date are not eligible for reimbursement.
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.
What type of training is eligible for reimbursement?
Skills training the new worker needs to be productive in the job. This includes vendor-specific training such as on-the-job training for new systems or equipment, Lean Manufacturing and skill training provided by local colleges.
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.
Can employee wages be reimbursed during training?
No. However, trainer wages can be reimbursed.
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.
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.
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.
Can this training fund be used to upgrade skills of current employees?
WDTF resources are used to train new employees or current employees that will be laid off otherwise. However, if training is being provided to new employees, we encourage current employees to attend training if it does not impact the cost of training.
Do temporary employees qualify for WDTF?
WDTF is used for new, full-time, permanent employees. However, once you transition an employee from a staffing agency to a company employee, they would now qualify as a new employee, and if there are future training expenses beyond what they received during their temporary tenure, those expenses would qualify under WDTF.