$2.2 Million Funds Workforce Training in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – The Commonwealth continues to support workforce training initiatives across the state. Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Feb. 8 more than $2.2 million in funds and appropriations to support the training of nearly 9,500 Kentucky workers.

Training funds and credits distributed this month bring the total for fiscal year 2022 to more than $6 million to help nearly 90 candidates statewide train more than 21,000 workers. This number already exceeds the number of interns supported by state funding in the previous fiscal year.

“We are maintaining our incredible economic momentum in 2022, and that includes efforts to ensure Kentucky workers get the training they need to succeed,” Governor Beshear said. “The continued development of our skilled workforce helps attract quality employers to our state and ensures our residents have access to great jobs. Workforce initiatives will remain a major focus as we build on the growth of the past year. »

Governor Beshear previously announced that the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) provided approximately $6.1 million in funds and credits in fiscal year 2021. These funds and credits helped train nearly 18,300 workers in the Kentucky.

BSSC’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) and Skills Training Investment Credit (STIC) programs help employers statewide. The GIA provides cash reimbursements for vocational and skills-upgrading training at Kentucky businesses and the STIC provides state income tax credits to businesses to offset the costs of approved training programs .

BSSC incentives are available for a range of operations which include manufacturing, agribusiness, non-commercial services or technology, head office operations, state-licensed hospital operations, segregation and processing of coal, alternative fuels, gasification, renewable energy generation and carbon dioxide transmission pipelines.

Applications for both programs are accepted and reviewed for approval by the BSSC Board of Directors. For more information about BSSC or to apply for workforce training assistance, visit ced.ky.gov/workforce/BSSC.

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