Training

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Quick Response Training

Quick Response Training (QRT) offers partial reimbursement to relocating or expanding businesses for expenses related to training new or existing employees after jobs have been created or retained and the training has occurred.

This business-friendly program is flexible to respond quickly to corporate training objectives. Once approved, the business provides a company match of cash or in-kind contributions. The business chooses what training is needed, who provides it and how it is provided.

QRT overview    Quick Response Training Guidelines

 

LAKELAND COMPANIES RECEIVING FLORIDA FLEX/QUICK RESPONSE TRAINING GRANTS INCLUDE:

CompanyJobs CreatedGrants
QPI246$112,565
GEICO129$100,313
GEICO508$311,640
Pepperidge Farm40$97,125
Pepperidge Farm78$65,520
Glendale Protective Technologies 50$30,639
McMillan/Blodel52$97,469
Keymark139$97,469
MAX-PAK57$19,312
Mid State Truss22$17,850
Lockheed Martin100$122,241
Southern Wine & Spirits157$176,715
USCO/ JC Penney590$218,612
Juice Bowl Products53$54,233
WellDyne638$386,000
Mission Foods133$199,500
SteriPack65$105,000
O'Reilly Auto Parts400$480,000
Wes Garde40$56,000
Brew Hub25$37,500
Sykes763$915,600
Amazon385$372,000
Caito Food Service45$62,513
DS Services32$48,000
TOTALS4,840$4,310,816

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INCUMBENT WORKER

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees. All IWT funds are subject to availability of funding and contingent on training needs. Awards are made on a first come – first serve basis. IWT Overview

LAKELAND COMPANIES RECEIVING INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING GRANTS INCLUDE:

Company# of employees trainedGrants
Space Science Services12$14,449
Advanced Handling6$1,800
GEICO668$63,410
Westworld Telecom Corp.7$15,000
Integrated Metal Products30$28,200
Advance Stores Company, Inc.130$25,973
Alabama Metal Industries50$35,200
Taw Engineered Services31$5,800
Kemira Water Solutions27$24,687
Centerstate Banks of FL6$5,385
Lanier Upshaw59$27,636
Precision Electric15$21,600
Quality Aerospace Coatings6$13,500
S&B Metal Products36$7,500
Sensocon, Inc.2$5,925
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours35$21,000
MaxPak95$38,941
People, Technology & Processes22$19,200
Phillips, Salomon & Parrish, P.A.71$41,942
TOTALS1,308$417,148

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VETERANS FLORIDA BUSINESS TRAINING GRANT

The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant is available to Florida businesses seeking to train and hire military veterans. The program helps businesses meet workforce demands in a competitive environment by facilitating access to training and education in high-demand fields for veterans through matching training grants up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. VFTG Overview

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Employed Worker Training Grant

Florida companies may be able to receive local funding assistance for skills upgrade training for their employed workers. Employed Worker Training (EWT) Grant is a locally funded resource with guidelines established by each of Florida’s individual regional workforce board. EWT may be used to meet many industry or company-specific training requirements. Businesses may become more competitive by providing their employees new skills that may lead to greater productivity. New skills for employees may also result in career advancement opportunities for the individual.

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