Customized Workforce Training
The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) brings training funds to qualified companies across the Commonwealth. The goal of WEDnetPA is to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth by helping companies improve the skills and productivity of Pennsylvania workers.
Funding for this program is provided by a state appropriation through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
WEDnetPA offers a program to give qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to the economic-friendly business climate of Pennsylvania the opportunity to train new and existing employees.
The keystone of the WEDnetPA program is its ability to be responsive to the needs of Pennsylvania’s business community through a flexible and easy-to-use system. An important element of this system is that businesses determine their own training needs and can select among various training providers (the WEDnetPA partners, third-party providers or in-house staff) as well as delivery options (on-site, off-site, online).
This represents an overview of the program guidelines. Please consult a WEDnetPA partner for additional information and eligibility requirements. You can view the current WEDnetPA Company Guidelines at: www.wednetpa.com.
- Must be located in Pennsylvania.
- Must be in an eligible industry and commercial/industrial in nature.
- Cannot be limited or explicitly defined as ineligible.
- Cannot receive funding more than two years in a row or three years out of any five-year period.
- Must be a resident of and employed in Pennsylvania.
- Must earn at least $12.00 per hour, excluding benefits.
- Must be permanently employed full-time and eligible for full-time benefits.
- Must be an employee of the specific company location for which a contract is awarded.
- Must be skill building for current job, advancement, or promotion.
- Must start and be completed within the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) for which the funds are awarded. Partial training cannot be reimbursed.
- Training costs must be “reasonable” as defined by market rates and other criteria.
- Each training session must be a minimum of 30 minutes in length.
- Company orientation and on-the-job training are not eligible.
A Wide Range of Work Skills
The goal of WEDnetPA is to help companies acquire the training their employees need most. Our partners can help you conduct an assessment and develop a training plan to meet those needs. Training can be done offsite, onsite at your company, or online. Any private-sector trainer, and WEDnetPA partner or your qualified in-house staff can conduct the training. Eligible training topics include, but are not limited to:
Health and Science Applications:
Workplace Behavior Skills:
Workplace Health and Safety:
Machine Operations and Maintenance:
Our Online Process
It’s as easy as 1. . . 2 . . . 3
- Apply – If your company is new to WEDnetPA, submit an online inquiry at www.wednetpa.com. If your company received a WEDnetPA grant in the past, log into your existing ISAAC account to submit your inquiry: https://isaac.wednetpa.com/. When eligibility is confirmed, complete the online application and training plan to request grant funds.
- Train – When your application is approved, accept your grant offer through the award notification you will receive by email, then start training.
- Invoice – When a training event is completed, submit your documentation within 45 days and you will be reimbursed for the eligible costs.
The WEDnetPA partnership includes State System universities, community colleges, Pennsylvania College of Technology and others. Over 1.2 million Pennsylvania employees at more than 20,000 Pennsylvania businesses have received training through the WEDnetPA program.
WEDnetPA training is efficient, effective and far-reaching:
Companies report great benefits from training:
According to research by the PA’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis:
WEDnetPA training is employer driven. Employers can choose to receive training from:
WEDnetPA is focused on small business:
90% of WEDnetPA training is delivered to businesses in PA’s targeted industry clusters:
Want to Learn More?
For assistance or for more information about WEDnetPA contact:
CJ Ezell, WEDnetPA Partner, at 717-477 1123 x3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.