Job Training

Included in the economic development package is the Nebraska Customized Job Training Advantage that provides a flexible and discretionary custom job training program to help ensure the State’s workforce is prepared in advances in rapidly changing technology and industries.

Beginning July 1, 2005

The purpose of the Nebraska Customized Training Grant Program is to provide employee training assistance to businesses that maintain, expand and diversify the state’s economic base and, in the process, retain and create quality jobs for Nebraska residents. These funds are administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). Program priorities are as follows:

Customized training projects that result in increased investment and employment and where the training assistance is a significant incentive for the project to be undertaken in Nebraska rather than in another state; Non-incentive customized training projects where there is increased investment and employment but no incentive is involved; and,
Customized training projects that involve retraining of existing workers to upgrade their skills as a result of investment in new capital.

Eligible Businesses

To be consistent with the overall purpose of economic development, training assistance is limited primarily to businesses engaged in activities which sell to a non-Nebraska market. Examples include: manufacturing, processing, warehousing, distribution, and headquarters operations are examples. Businesses whose activity is mainly retail or the selling of services to a local market would not be eligible. It will also be used only for training full-time employees not involved in administrative support, management or facility maintenance. Only businesses are eligible applicants.
Eligible Projects

Supported training is expected to be for training projects – those with both a start and end date. It is not intended to support ongoing training programs. No financial support will be provided for training that has been completed, is in progress prior to the grant, or that occurs more than 1 year beyond the start date of the contract. Capital investment related to the project is required and must be demonstrated in the grant application; investment can include expenditures on plant, equipment or technology.
Customized Training Projects for New Workers

For businesses in eligible industries and with eligible projects as described above, the general guidance on amounts that could be provided to assist with the training relate to the starting wage rate, as noted in the following two tables. Notice that there are minimum average starting wage rates required for assistance (to be changed each year on July 1), which is then graduated depending on location and wage. Also, a minimum non-FICA fringe benefit of 15% of the wage rate is required, and must include health insurance.