April 25, 2022

April 20 Updates from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services


Updates from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Dear Elected Officials and Employers,

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is currently updating rules for several of our programs, including OSHA, Workers' Compensation and the Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF). 

Below we highlight a few of the rule changes proposed for the WDTF, a successful program that supports Wyoming businesses with funding to train and upskill their employees. 

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Business Training Grants 

All grant limits were increased to allow more Wyoming businesses to train and retain the state’s workforce. Grant limits for businesses increased from $1,000 to $4,000, per trainee, per State Fiscal Year (SFY). For businesses in a preferred industry, the limit increased from $1,500 to $5,000, per trainee, per SFY.

The total amount of funding a business can apply for per SFY has increased from $50,000 to $200,000, regardless of the number of trainees. 

Pre-Hire Economic Development Grants

Changes to this chapter will provide training opportunities for private businesses as well as specific government entities, and clearly define how applications are reviewed. Past performance, performance standards and current expectations are now included in application reviews.

Apprenticeship Grants

Rule changes are focused on streamlining the grant application process by reviewing past performance and updating documentation requirements for performance standards.

Internship Grants

The biggest change to this rule was the increase of hourly wages allowable from $12 to $25. Past performance reviews were added to the application process.

Applicant Eligibility now identifies Wyoming county and memorial hospitals and emergency medical service providers as eligible for internship grants.

More information about the Workforce Development Training Fund may be found here.

Together, we are leading workforce innovation today, to build a stronger tomorrow. 

Robin Sessions Cooley
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

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