Frederick BusinessWORKS Application

Frederick BusinessWORKS is an effort to support both workers and increase both participants' and companies' competitiveness.  This program offers incumbent worker training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within a company, or to acquire skills necessary to avert a layoff. 

Private sector (for-profit and non-profit) businesses located in Frederick are eligible to submit an application.  Eligible businesses will develop projects (training plans), select the most appropriate training vendor, and submit an application to access funds.  FCWS staff will review the application to ensure that the proposal meets program requirements.

Applications must demonstrate how the training impacts competitiveness of the business and the employees being trained.

Priority is given to applications from businesses that meet one or more of the criteria listed below.
  • Represent high-growth/high-demand industries in Frederick County. 
  • Small businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
  • A company that is expanding and can document that training will result in job creation
  • Results directly in promotion and wage increase upon completion of training.
  • Offer Industry recognized credentials for trainees.
  • Offer training for employees in need of credential attainment to access careers pathways and advancement to employment that offers self-sufficient wages.
  • Provide training that increases the competitiveness of the individual and the business.
Business Requirements:
  • The business will develop training projects and select the most appropriate training vendor.    Businesses are encouraged to fully demonstrate the impact of the training on the competitiveness of the training on the business operation and the employees being trained.
  • Applications are submitted to Frederick County Workforce Services.  Approval must be obtained before the first day of training.  Reimbursement cannot be applied retroactively.
  • For approved training projects, the business is required to pay the entire cost of training up front.  FCWS will reimburse the business for 50 percent of the actual training costs ($1 for $1 match from the employer). Reimbursement is provided after the training is complete and the business submits the required documentation within 30 days of training completion.  Funding limitations may apply.
Training Requirements:
  • The training needs and costs must be reasonable, necessary and clearly related to the purposes and activities of the business. 
  • Training funds are only available to cover the cost of tuition and training materials.  Travel costs, capital expenses, and business equipment are not reimbursable.
  • In general, training should be short-term in nature.  Training that increases workplace literacy and/or English language acquisition are generally considered appropriate for Frederick business works funding.
Employee Criteria: 
  • Training may be approved for full-time employees that are working at a Frederick, Maryland location. 
  • Trainees funded with this program will be required to complete a profile in the Maryland Workforce Exchange (www.mwejobs.maryland.gov). Additional information will be collected including a picture ID and salary verification. 
  • Employees must be employed with the business for a minimum of six months.
  • Employees receiving a salary higher than $80,000 per year are only approved for funding when participating in a group training where a majority of participants fall below that salary.

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* 1. Business Name:

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* 2. Business Contact Information:

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* 3. What is the nature of your business?

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* 4. How many full-time employees do you have at this location?

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* 5. What is the location's annual training budget for employee development?

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* 6. Training Plan Information

Please provide a description of the training for which you are applying; include information about specific and pertinent skills, equipment and/or processes that are subject to the proposed training.

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* 7. Who will provide the training? Please provide the website or contact information to training vendors.

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* 8. Proposed training dates (include start date and end date) and duration (number of instruction hours)

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* 9. Proposed cost of training: Tuition and Fees

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* 10. Proposed cost of training: Books and Materials

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* 11. Proposed cost of training: Other (please describe)

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* 12. Total cost of proposed training:

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* 13. Please explain how this training relates to the business functions of the company and the job responsibilities of the employees that will be trained.

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* 14. Please describe how the participation in this training opportunity will impact the trainee.  Check all that apply and provide additional details in the comment field.

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* 15. Business Impact of Training

Please describe how the training will enhance company production and competitiveness:

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* 16. How many employees will receive this training?

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* 17. Information Concerning Employee(s) Involved in Training

Please list the name of the employee(s) and job titles for the employees you propose will receive training:

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* 18. FBW funding requires that trainees earn a salary of less than $80,000 per year. 

If this training application is for one employee, does that employee earn a salary under $80,000 per year?

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If this application is for multiple employees, do the majority of the trainees earn under $80,000 per year? (You will be asked to confirm this requirement)

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