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Empowering Montana’s Workforce
With a smaller pool of available employees in Montana, employers are looking for innovative ways to upskill their current workers. Post-employment training can be a great way to help increase their productivity and/or increase employee retention.
There are a variety of options that can help you ensure your employees are maximizing their potential.
A number of Montana education institutions provide industry-driven, short-term, high-intensity training programs that allow your employees to quickly develop specific knowledge, skills and attitudes by earning respected industry credentials (American Welding Society credentials, for example). Credentials run the gamut from entry-level to advanced intensive skills training. Often options are available to conduct training at your company or at one of the state’s many local colleges. Some examples of these types of trainings include:
When your employees need specialized competencies outside of those covered by standard industry credentials, many colleges can offer you customized training. Professionals within these colleges can help you identify and recruit experts to teach specific skills to your employees, and supply classrooms and lab space for the training. This too can be offered at your company or at one of the state’s many local colleges.
Extending the college beyond traditional classrooms, there are now a variety of options for employees to gain college credit and industry credentials while they are working for you. In return, you gain insight into potential employees, can tailor their training to the skills you need and gain productive workers at reduced rates during their training. There are a variety of “on-the-job” training options that might work for you. Contact your local job service for more information.
Many colleges around in Montana offer a variety short-term, 1-year and 2-year training programs. These programs are a great source to find qualified employees in the fields you need employees or to send prospects to get quality training. Many courses and programs are available through online and hybrid options.
These schools can provide customized training programs
IWT provides up to $2,000/year for a permanent full-time employee, and up to $1,000/year for a permanent part-time employee for skill-based training that improves productivity, efficiency, and/or wages in the worker’s existing job. Funding is provided through the Montana Dept. of Labor & Industry. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the training is scheduled.
WIOA provides some assistance to eligible, typically lower-income, individuals to access and complete training activities. To find out if a specific individual is eligible for programs or to express your interest in job-seekers that complete specific training, contact your local Job Service location.
VR provides assistance to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.
All adult Montanans qualify to receive services from the Adult Education program which includes basic literacy, workplace literacy, family literacy, preparation for the High School Equivalency test, English as a Second Language and more in order to enhance overall skills, improving parenting, and assistant with achieving employment and self-sufficiency.
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