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Skills Development - Program Overview

Skills Development is Texas’ premier job-training program. Skills Development provides grants to community and technical colleges to provide customized job training programs for businesses who want to train new workers or upgrade the skills of their existing workforce.

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Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Training Initiative

NOTICE: Currently Skills Development Fund is only accepting COVID-19 training applications.

The Skills Development Fund is launching a new training initiative to assist businesses across Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) can assist businesses who want to train their workforce. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training.

The Office of Employer Initiatives – Skills Development Fund Outreach and Project Development Team works with businesses and training providers to support application development and submission. The Skills Development Fund and Self-Sufficiency Fund Grants Team provides grant management support.  If you have any questions, please send an email to Skills@twc.state.tx.us or reach out to a Regional Representative through the Skills Development Fund Outreach Team MapPDF.

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Customers

Skills Development helps:

  • Businesses and employers create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workforce
  • Job seekers and employees acquire new skills or upgrade existing skills to advance their careers

A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with a public community or technical college to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, and the college administers the grant.

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Reports

TWC prepares Skills Development Fund Annual Reports by Fiscal Year:

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Authority & Funding

Skills Development is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, and success is achieved through collaboration with businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

The program is funded by appropriations from the Texas Legislature.

The program is governed by the following rules and regulations:

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Skills for Transition

TWC partners with the Texas Workforce Solutions network to assist military personnel transition into the civilian workforce. Several programs are available to assist military personnel who are experiencing challenges in translating military skills into civilian employment.

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Tips & Guides

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