Frederick BusinessWORKS Application

Program Definition and Requirements:

Frederick BusinessWORKS is an effort to support both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase both participants' and companies' competitiveness.  This program offers incumbent worker training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is designated 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 for FBW funding.  FCWS staff will review the application to ensure that the proposal meets all of the minimum program requirements.

Training activities must be specific to the occupational skills of existing workers, and relate to the strategic goals and objectives of the company.

Business Requirements:
The business will develop training projects and select the most appropriate training vendor prior to completing an application.  Applications are submitted to Frederick County Workforce Services.  Approval must be obtained before the first day of training.  Reimbursement can not 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.

Training Requirements:
The training needs and costs must be reasonable, necessary and clearly related to the purposes and activities of the business.  Priority is given to training that results in participants receiving an industry-recognized credential, leads directly to a promotion and/or wage increase, or averts a layoff. 

Training funds are only available to cover the cost of tuition and training materials.  Travel costs, capital costs, and business equipment are not able to be reimbursed.

In general, training should be short-term in nature, not to exceed 4 months in duration.  Training activities must be specific to the job, increase the occupational skill levels of existing workers, and relate to the strategic goals and objectives of the company.  Exceptions to this requirement are initiatives directed at English Language (ESL) courses or activities designed to improve Workplace Literacy. 

Employee Criteria: 
Training will be approved for full-time employees that are working at a Maryland location.  All 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 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.

Please complete the following information as completely and accurately as possible.  If you have questions concerning this application or need additional information, please contact Erin Inman, Employment and Training Analyst at 301-600-3559 or by email at einman@frederickcountymd.gov.

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* 1. Business Name:

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* 2. If applicable, Business Trade Name or "known as" name:

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* 3. Business Demographic and Contact Information:

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* 4. What is the nature of your business?

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

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

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

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

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* 10. How many employees will receive this training?

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* 11. Proposed cost of training: Tuition and Fees

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* 12. Proposed cost of training: Books and Materials

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

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* 14. Total cost of proposed training:

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* 15. Does this training provide for an industry recognized credential or certification? If so, please describe in the comments section below.

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* 16. Upon completion of training, when will employee(s) receive a salary increase (if applicable)?

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* 17. Economic Impact of Training

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

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* 18. Will other jobs be created as a result of the training? If yes, please indicate the approximate number of newly created jobs in the comment section below:

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* 19. Is there any other economic impact from this training?

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* 20. 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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* 21. 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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