What is an incumbent worker?

An incumbent worker is a person who is currently employed and could benefit themselves and their employer by upgrading their skills through educational and training opportunities. The training should give the employee the opportunity for advancement and wage gains within their company.

Who is an eligible employee for the Incumbent Worker Training Program?

An eligible employee is someone who is directly employed by the company at a facility located within Minnesota and meets the following requirements:

  • Employee must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Employee must work at least 32 hours per week.
  • Employee must be committed to attendance at all trainings.
  • Employee must earn an hourly wage above the state minimum wage.
  • Employee must agree to cooperate with data collection requirements.

Who is an eligible business for the Incumbent Worker Training Program?

An eligible business must be located in Minnesota and must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office as a(n): association, corporation, LLC, partnership, nonprofit, government entity, including school districts, or sole proprietor. This entity must be in continuous operation for 18 months, immediately prior to the application submittal. Businesses are encouraged to provide training to a group of employees and not individual training, although the number of employees in the company will be taken into consideration. Companies that are in the process of a layoff are not eligible for the IWTP. If a layoff occurs in a company while they have an open IWTP grant, the current workers will be able to complete the training.

What is the employer’s responsibility?

The business must complete an Incumbent Worker Training Program application to be considered for a grant. Businesses will be required to provide a portion of the training costs dependent upon the size of the business and number of employees (e.g., instructors’ wages, curriculum development, and training manuals/textbooks) either through direct cost contribution or in-kind contribution.

Call or email now for more information (Program guidelines and application available for download below):

Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties
Rebecca Perrotti
[email protected]

Sherburne & Wright Counties
Tim Zipoy
[email protected]

Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker & Renville Counties
Bridget Paulson
[email protected]

Check out this video for more information about the Incumbent Worker Program