Incumbent Worker Training

Is the cost of training preventing you from promoting a star employee?

Did you know the risk of not training could cost you more?

Looking to get more out of your training dollars?

AAWDC's Incumbent Worker Training helps organizations expand their training dollars.  Businesses in Anne Arundel County can upskill current full-time, permanent company workers who have been employed for at least six months. Incumbent Worker Training can cover training costs such as instructional costs for training courses, classes for certification exams, online training, textbooks, and/or manuals.

Guidelines for Business Eligibility:

  • Be Financially viable.
  • Private sector company and certain nonprofit and government entities
  • Been in business for at least 18 months
  • Not currently or recently experiencing bankruptcy
  • Be current on all local, state, and federal tax obligations
  • In good standing with the state of Maryland
  • Located in Anne Arundel County
  • Not be in the process of a layoff or had a layoff in the last 6 months
  • Cooperate with the data collection requirements

Guidelines for Employee Eligibility:

  • Currently be employed by the company and have been employed for 6 months or more
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Work for the company for 32 hours a week (Unless the training would allow the company to bring the individual up to 32 or more hours per week)
  • Committed to attending the entire training
  • Must be a W-2 employee of the company
  • Cooperate with the data collection requirements

Highlights of the Program:

  • Maximum amount of financial support from AAWDC through this program is $25,000/fiscal year (July to June)
  • There is no limit to the number of individuals who can be trained per year
  • Training can be provided by public or private educational institutions, trade associations, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, unions, or government agencies
  • Training must be skills-based and result in improved productivity, efficiency, and an increase in the employee’s existing wages or industry-recognized credential
  • Training opportunities should expand and improve an employee’s workforce skills and provide employees with opportunities for advancement
  • Training may include industry- or business-specific skills, technical and computer skills, and/or “softskills,” such as leadership and management training
  • Training can be conducted at the business’s own facility, at the training provider’s facility, or at a combination of sites.

Q & A

  • Does the person who is receiving the training have to live in Anne Arundel County? No, but they must be a Maryland resident
  • Is a team member who conducts work in Anne Arundel County on behalf of the company, but the company is not located in Anne Arundel County eligible?  No, the company must have a physical presence in Anne Arundel County.
  • Is the length of training open ended?  No, the training must have defined dates and it may not exceed 12 months.
  • Can certification/licensing fees be included in the training plan?  Yes, if the certification or licensing is related to the training.
  • Can the funds be used to cover the trainees’ wages during the training?  No
  • Can funds be used to help cover the wages of the instructor/trainer if they are an employee of the company?  Yes