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Training Assistance


FastTrack Job Training Assistance (FJTAP)

This incentive is available to both new and expanding industry and begins with a company developing a training plan including the number of people to be hired, types of skills required and types of training needed. The plan is developed in conjunction with the FastTrack staff and is designed to be customizable and flexible. Companies will track costs associated with implementation of the training program, then submit to the state for reimbursement.

Job training assistance can include either traditional or job based training reimbursement.

Traditional training and reimbursement may include:

  • Classroom instruction.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Vendor training from the actual manufacturer of a piece of industrial equipment.
  • System support for certain types of plant-wide or company-wide applications.
  • Development and coordination of instructional materials and training programs.
  • Travel related to training.

Job Based Training Reimbursement (JBT)

A potentially faster method for reimbursement of training costs, companies may seek reimbursement from the state of Tennessee once a job creation commitment and cost-per-job is established. JBT is available in FJTAP as well as Tennessee Job Skills (TJS) as a possible reimbursement method.

In order to qualify, companies must work with ECD to reach a contractual agreement that determines:

  • The cost-per-job and the total commitment of jobs.
  • Once agreed upon with ECD, companies can seek reimbursement of 50% of the cost-per-job within the first 90 days after the job is created and maintained. The remaining 50% can be claimed 180 days after the job is created and maintained.
  • The company must agree to provide documentation, including the number of jobs created.
  • Multi-year contracts between a company and ECD can be reached to accommodate multi-year job creation projects.
  • If the total commitment of jobs is reached, companies may seek the entire training reimbursement allocation through JBT.

Incumbent Worker Training Program

The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for profit businesses & health care related non-profit businesses. Through this customer-driven program, Tennessee is able to effectively retain and keep businesses competitive through upgrade skills training for existing full-time employees. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with the specific Local Workforce Investment Area and the local Career Center administer the Incumbent Worker Training Program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business' training objectives to make business viable, avoid lay-offs and plant closures. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

Tennessee Job Skills (TJS)

Similar to FJTAP, but with a focus on employers and industries which create high skill, high wage jobs in emerging, high-demand and technology focused sectors of the economy. Training staff will work with companies to develop a unique, flexible, comprehensive training plan which meets the company’s initial training needs and will then follow up to insure each phase of the program meets the company’s needs. Companies track costs and apply to the state for reimbursement. Reimbursement rates depend on the level of training and the types of instructors utilized. For more information, click here.

Applicant Recruitment and Screening

Utilizing the company’s job specifications, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will recruit and screen job applicants through the department’s Job Service Division. Those applicants meeting the company’s criteria will be forwarded to the company for hiring consideration. For more information, visit: