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THE ARIZONA JOB TRAINING PROGRAM (THE "PROGRAM") ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO A.R.S. §41-1544 IS A JOB-SPECIFIC REIMBURSABLE GRANT PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS THE DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF CUSTOMIZED TRAINING PLANS FOR EMPLOYERS CREATING NET NEW JOBS. UNDER A "NET NEW" GRANT AN EMPLOYER CREATING NET NEW JOBS CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT TO RECEIVE UP TO 75% OF THEIR ELIGIBLE TRAINING EXPENSES REIMBURSED.
UPCOMING APPLICANT ROUND
THE ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY IS COMMENCING A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION ROUND FOR NET NEW EMPLOYEE TRAINING GRANTS. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS FOR THIS ROUND IS JUNE 1, 2018.
In respect to the June 1, 2018 round, the maximum grant award available will be $1.3 million per employer, up to $8,000 in eligible training costs per employee-trainee in the case of rural employers and employers with fewer than 100 employees and in the case of all other employers, up to $5,000 per employee-trainee. The maximum term of awarded grants will be 12 months. Grants will be awarded on the basis of a competitive application process to the extent that aggregate new employee training grant amounts applied for exceed the amount of funds allocated to each funding round by the Authority. The allocated funds for this round is $4 million.
The Notice of Adoption of Rule Making (ACA Ruling 18-03) has been posted under Public Notices.
NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
The Program was originally funded by the Arizona Job Training Tax (the "JTT"), which financed the Arizona Job Training Fund. Pursuant to SB1471 (52nd legislature, 1st session), the JTT expired on December 31, 2015 (collections in arrearages of JTT liabilities arising through December 31, 2015 are continuing).
Pursuant to HB2539 (53rd legislative, 1st session), the Program termination date of December 31, 2016, has been extended to December 31, 2020, after which time no new grants will be issued; grants issued on or before, and terminating after, December 31, 2020 will remain in effect through their respective contractual end date. Grants will be funded to a maximum of $1.3 million per grant.
At present, it is anticipated that there will be a competitive round for net new employee training initiated before the close of calendar year 2018; further details regarding this intended round and the posting of revised rules for the Program will be made available in the coming months.
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- Job Training Rules (ACA Ruling 18-03 posted under public notices)
- Qualifying Wage Rate 2017 (Qualifying Wage Rate 2018 will be posted soon and will be consistent with Section 2 of the Job Training Rules)
- View the list of Job Training grant awards
- Questions about the Job Training program can be directed to the Program Manager.
Apply electronically for program incentives.