Essential Skills training is designed to benefit frontline employees and first-level supervisors by building on the skills required for the employee's job. Employers must be manufacturing or technology-based* businesses, including biotech and environmental tech companies.

An Essential Skills training grant may provide reimbursement of training costs up to $450 per qualified employee (at a maximum of $75,000 per company).

In-house company training is permitted.

Topics may include:

  • Applied mathematics & measurement
  • Business operations
  • Communication & teamwork
  • Computers
  • Manufacturing fundamentals
    • Blueprint reading
    • Machine setup & maintenance
    • Tool, grinding
    • Welding, soldering
  • Problem solving
  • Product & process control
  • Quality assurance
  • Sales training
  • Workplace behavior skills
  • Workplace health & safety

On-the-job and company orientation is not eligible for reimbursement.

Funds may not be used for adult literacy activities, including English as a Second Language. WEDnetPA partners may collaborate with Adult Literacy Service providers to address workplace literacy needs as appropriate.

*Technology-based business is defined as one that produces or provides a technology product or service.