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Does Your Business Qualify for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher?

The State of Ohio has extended a program that offers training reimbursement dollars to qualifying employers. Now in its third year, the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program is designed to offset specific training costs for eligible employers who are upgrading the skills of their workforce. To be eligible, you must demonstrate that by receiving funding assistance, your business will not only obtain a skilled workforce, but will also improve your company’s processes and competitiveness.

Here’s how it works: the program, funded through the State of Ohio in partnership with private funds, provides reimbursement up to $4,000 per employee per fiscal year against qualified training costs, with a cap of $250,000 for a fiscal year. In this third phase of the program, the State of Ohio is awarding $29.4 million on a first-come first-serve basis for the period Aug. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015.

An eligible employer must be a for-profit entity in a state-designated target industry with a facility located in Ohio that has been in continuous operation for the 12 months immediately prior to the application submittal.

Did you knowThe targeted industries are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Back Office
  • BioHealth
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing
  • Information Technology and Services
  • Logistics
  • Polymers and Chemicals

To be eligible, employees must be directly employed by the company at a facility located within Ohio and meet the following requirements:

  • Employed in any of the following business functions: production, back office operations, information technology, logistics, or research and development
  • Earning an hourly wage of at least 150% of the federal minimum wage ($10.88 as of January 1, 2012) plus benefits;
  • An Ohio resident;
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Working at least 25 hours per week

To find our which training programs qualify for reimbursement and for specific application information, visit

If you’d like more information on how this voucher program can help save you money, the advisors at Skoda Minotti are happy to assist. Contact Amy J. Gibson, Principal at or 440-449-6800.

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