The Arizona Job Training Program is a job-specific reimbursable grant program that supports the design and delivery of customized training plans for employers creating new jobs or increasing the skill and wage levels of current employees.
- Under a “Net New Grant” an employer creating new jobs can apply for a grant to receive up to 75% of their eligible training expenses reimbursed.
- Under the “Incumbent Grant” an employer seeking to supplement their current training plan and increase the skill level of their employees may apply for a grant to receive up to 50% of their eligible training expenses reimbursed.
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
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
- Pay into the Arizona Job Training Fund, unless exempt, or
- Be a rural non-profit organization that opts for unemployment tax reimbursement and therefore is not liable for the Job Training Tax but is able to provide documentation that a skilled worker shortage exists in the geographical area and the proposed training will increase the number of skilled works
- Meet or exceed the average annual qualifying wage rate for trainees at the end of the grant
- Program Summary
- Download the current Qualifying Wage Rates
- Rules have been adopted to provide additional guidance to applicants. The rules can be downloaded at: A.A.C. R20-1-201 through R20-1-214
- To view a list of current grant awards, please click here
- To apply electronically for program incentives, click here.
The Job Training program is established under A.R.S. §41-1541 et seq.
In early 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law HB2001 – Arizona’s Competitiveness Package. This legislation marks a new level of Arizona commitment; making it easier for existing Arizona companies to be more prosperous and it establishes Arizona as one of the most desirable places for expanding companies to do business. HB2001 made the following changes to the Job Training program:
- The program was extended through December 31, 2016.
- The statutory definition of a “rural area” was amended to mean a county with a population of less than 750,000 persons.
- With the expiration of the Enterprise Zone program, the Job Training program will no longer offer a reduced qualifying wage rate for employers who were located in an enterprise zone.
- Pursuant to A.R.S. §41-1504(C)(1), the ACA is authorized to begin assessing and collecting fees for processing applications and administering tax incentive programs. Download the Incentive Program Fee Policy effective July 1, 2012.
The ACA will soon begin the process of drafting rules for the Job Training Program and will seek public comment. As soon as rules are adopted, the ACA will place an update on this website and will notify companies and others who have requested information. If you have not yet placed your e-mail address on our list, please click here to send an e-mail requesting notification. Please be sure to identify Job Training as the program for which you would like notification.
If you have questions or need more detailed information, please contact the Program Manager.