Skills Development Fund Train Your Workforce Power Your Business

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier upskilling program. SDF grants provide site-specific, customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and their employees to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. Success comes through collaboration among economic development partners, business partners, and  eligible grant applicants, which include public community or technical colleges, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), community-based organizations in partnership with one of these entities, or a local Workforce Development Board.

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Find out how Texas’ premier job training program can help your business upgrade the skills of your workforce.

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Training Providers & Workforce Development Partners

Find out about Skills Development funding to develop customized training for private-sector employees in Texas, for companies large and small.  Get the forms needed to submit a grant proposal.

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Recruit Texas

Allows public community or technical colleges an opportunity to provide intensive and rapid response to, and support services for, employers expanding in or relocating operations in Texas. As part of the Skills Development Fund, Recruit Texas program is administered by TWC with a focus on:

  • Developing customized workforce training programs
  • Fast-track curriculum development
  • Workforce training-related support services for employers
  • Instructor certification necessary to provide workforce training
  • Acquiring training equipment necessary for instructor certification and employment

Relating to the use of Skills Development Fund to facilitate complex or high-skilled employment opportunities, see H.B. 108PDF.

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Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Training Initiative


The Skills Development Fund launched a training initiative to help certain businesses across Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grant applicants can provide rapid-response training to businesses that need training for their employees as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training.

The Skills Development Fund Outreach Team, within the Office of Employer Initiatives, works with businesses, eligible grant applicants, and training providers to facilitate application development, submission, and grant management support. If you have any questions, please send an email to Skills@twc.texas.gov or reach out to a Regional Representative through the Skills Development Fund Outreach Team MapPDF.


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Grant “Big Check” Presentations

Recent recipient of a Skills Development Fund, (JET), Self Sufficiency Grant (SSF), High Demand Jobs Training (HDJT), Dual Credit or Texas Industry Partnership grant and interested in hosting a big check presentation? Review guidelines, download required forms and plan your upcoming event.

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Skills Success Stories

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