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Incumbent Worker Training Program

Under WIOA, Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality, workforce, and increase both participants' and employers' competitiveness.  IWT is a type of work-based training and upskilling designed to ensure California workers can acquire and develop the skills necessary to avert layoff or increase the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities  for employers.

Eligibility for IWT:

  • The characteristics of the individuals in the program (e.g. individuals with barriers to employment).
  • The relationship of the training to the competitiveness of the individual and employer.
  • The number of employees participating in the training.
  • The employees' advancement opportunities, along with wages and benefits (both pre- and post-training earnings).
  • The existence of other training and advancement opportunities provided by the employer.
  • Credentials and skills gained as a result of the training.
  • Layoffs averted as a result of the training.
  • Utilization as part of a larger sector and/or career pathway strategy.
  • Employer size.

For an employer to receive IWT funds, the individual(s) participating in the IWT must meet the following:

  • Be employed.
  • Meet the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for an employer-employee relationship.
  • Have an established employment history with the employer for six months or more.  This may include time spent as a temporary or contract worker performing work for the employer.  It should be noted that an individual is not held to the six month employment requirement if the IWT is being provided to a cohort of employees.  In this instance, not every employee must meet the employment history requirement as long as a majority of the employees being trained do meet the requirement.

For more information related to this program, please contact the Imperial County Workforce Development Office at (442)265-7579.