Workforce Development & Continuing Education
WEDnetPA Guaranteed Free Training
The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania was created to make companies across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania more competitive by updating and improving the skills of their employees to meet specific company needs. The goal of the Guaranteed Free Training program is to strengthen the business environment of Pennsylvania by improving the skill level and productivity of Pennsylvania workers. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania First program. Through the GFT program, qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to the economic-friendly business climate of Pennsylvania can access funding for a wide range of training (categorized as either Basic Skills or Information Technology).
Program guidelines for training offered July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
WEDnetPA is an alliance of 30 educational providers across Pennsylvania that act as the delivery mechanism for the Commonwealth's Guaranteed Free Training program. Each WEDnetPA Partner serves as the point of contact for businesses accessing GFT funds. Since its inception, Pennsylvania College of Technology has helped distribute GFT funds to over 700 companies for over 145,000 employees.
Who qualifies for free training?
For Basic Skills funding, an employer must be a manufacturing and/or technology-based business (such as environmental and biotechnology) based in Pennsylvania or maintaining a significant presence in the state. The Information Technology grant is not limited to specific economic clusters. Point-of-sale retail businesses, gaming establishments, employment agencies, government agencies, government-owned facilities, educational institutions, training vendors, and non-profits are not eligible for either grant. Some unions, labor organizations, and non-profit health care entities may qualify as exceptions.
Employers also must verify that participating employees are:
- earning at least 150% of the current federal minimum wage (excluding benefits) at the start of training,
- permanently employed and working full time,
- residing and employed in Pennsylvania, and
- working as front-line employees or first-level supervisors
New hires and incumbent workers are eligible.
Employees who supervise other employees or have decision-making responsibilities (including, but are not limited to, budgetary, policy making, etc.) are not eligible for Basic Skills funding.
How do I apply?
GFT funds are managed through an online portal called ISAAC (Information Sharing Administration and Analysis Center). If the login and/or password has been forgotten, you can request to have it sent via e-mail to the point of contact on file.
The following provides details on each step in the process:
- New Company Inquiry – for companies who have never accessed WEDnetPA GFT funds in the past
- Company Login and User Management – first time logging into ISAAC. Provides an overview of the site and demonstrates how to add new users under User Management
- Company Application Procedures – provides guidance in submitting the Memorandum of Agreement, adding events to the training plan, and submitting the application
- Client Invoicing Procedures – provides invoicing submission guidance for companies with existing GFT contracts
Contact WDCE for more information.