Arizona: Incentives

Job Training

The Arizona Job Training grant is a job-specific grant that supports the design and delivery of customized training plans for employers creating new jobs.

UPDATE - NOTICE OF OPENING OF NEW COMPETITIVE ROUND FOR NET NEW EMPLOYEE TRAINING

The ACA is commencing a new competitive application round for Net New Employee Training grants. 

In respect to the new round, the maximum grant award available will be $1.5 million and the maximum term of awarded grants will be two years.

The deadline for submitting applications for this new round is May 27, 2016.

The competitive process application form is available via the ACA’s Electronic Application System (also known as “EASY”).

At present, it is anticipated that there will be an additional competitive round for net new employee training initiated before the close of the calendar year 2016; further details regarding this intended later round will be made available in the coming months.

For more information regarding the upcoming round, please feel free to contact the Job Training Program Manager, Cindy Grogan at cindyg@azcommerce.com   She can also be reached at 602-845-1221.

 

NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE CHANGES 

Pursuant to SB1471 (52nd legislature, 1st session), funding for the Job Training Program (the “Program”) is scheduled to terminate on December 31, 2015.  Additionally, in accordance with SB1469 (52nd legislature, 1st session), $25 million will be “swept” from the Program fund on or before June 30, 2016.

To adjust for these legislative changes, the ACA has revised the Program Rules pursuant to ACA Rule No. 15-01.  In accordance with ACA Rule No. 15-01, effective immediately, priority for the award of Net New grants, which was previously established on a “first come, first-served” basis, will be established through a competitive process.  Competition rounds will open periodically based on the availability of funds and other factors. 

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Who can apply?

  • An employer, excluding government agencies, with at least one business location in this State
  • A consortium of at least two employers with same or similar training needs
  • A professional or trade association or a joint apprenticeship training committee
  • A small business development center on behalf of a consortium
  • If applying for an Incumbent Grant, at least 12 months have elapsed since the completion of any prior Incumbent Grant application.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible employers must:

  • Meet or exceed the average annual qualifying wage rate for trainees at the time of application
  • Either:
    • Pay into the Arizona Job Training Fund, unless exempt, or
    • Be a rural non-profit organization that opts for unemployment tax reimbursement and provides documentation that a skilled worker shortage exists in the geographical area and the proposed net new employee training plan will increase the number of skilled workers

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