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WEDnetPA is improving the skill level and productivity of Pennsylvania's workforce to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth.

Successful companies are the key component to a healthy Pennsylvania economy. They employ residents ... provide family sustaining wages ... pay taxes ... encourage other businesses to grow ... and attract new companies to come to the Commonwealth. It’s important that our businesses have any and all advantages over their competition, nationally and across the globe.

In 1999, the Commonwealth committed itself to giving Pennsylvania businesses a significant competitive edge. Created by the Department of Community & Economic Development — DCED — and made available through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania — WEDnetPA — this program provides qualified employers training for new and existing employees. The training allows companies to stay competitive while keeping employee skills current and relevant.      

Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania apply to WEDnetPA to access training funds. The funding, in turn, can be used for a wide range of training — categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

The keystone of the program is its ability to be responsive to the needs of Pennsylvania's business community through a flexible and easy-to-use system. An important element of this system is that businesses determine their own training needs and can select among a wide range of training providers (the WEDnetPA partners, third-party providers or in-house staff) as well as how and where the businesses will receive the training (onsite, offsite or online).

Essential Skills Training - Skills Required for Workplace Success

Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania can apply to WEDnetPA to access training funds. The funding, in turn, can be used for a wide range of training — categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

Essential Skills Training provides instruction in a variety of skills needed to be successful in the workplace, including training in the areas of Business Operations, Computers, Quality Assurance, and Workplace Health and Safety.

Eligible activities will be those that improve the essential job skills required for the employee's current position. Essential skills will be defined according to the type and scope of business being conducted by the employer. Some of the training elements eligible through the program may include:

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communications and Teamwork
  • Computers
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Welding, Soldering
    • Tooling, Grinding
    • Machine Setup and Maintenance
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Training can be received offsite, onsite at your business, or online.

To qualify for training, however, your company must meet a set of specific eligibility requirements.

Advanced Technology Training - High-Tech Skills Needed for Workplace Success

Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania can apply to WEDnetPA to access training funds. The funding, in turn, can be used for a wide range of training — categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

Advanced Technology Training provides instruction in a variety of technology and advanced manufacturing subjects, such as … Computer Programming, Network Administration and Advanced Machine Operations.

Advanced Technology skills are defined according to the type and scope of your business. Some of the training elements eligible through the program may include:

  • Advanced Machine Operations and Maintenance
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology, includes CAD, CAM, CNL, PLC, ERP
  • Advanced Software Implementation
  • Computer Programming
  • Data Base Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Security
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Applications
  • Network Administration
  • Scientific Applications
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Analysis
  • Technology Support
  • Web Site Design and Development

Training can be received offsite, onsite at your business, or online.

To qualify for training, however, your company must meet a set of specific eligibility requirements.

Does Your Company Qualify? - Is Your Company Eligible for the Program?

To obtain job training funding through WEDnetPA, your company must meet the following qualifications.

First, your company must meet the overall qualifications for the Program ...

Employer Qualifications

  • Employers must be based in Pennsylvania or have a significant presence in the state.
  • Participation is limited to two years in a row and three out of the past five years.
  • Training must commence by February 1st or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first. If not, the funds will be forfeited.
  • Point-of-sale retail businesses, gaming establishments, training vendors, employment agencies, government agencies, government-owned facilities, education and nonprofit entities are ineligible.
  • Note: some unions, labor organizations and nonprofit healthcare entities may qualify as exceptions. Please contact a WEDnetPA partner for more information.
  • Applicants with an employee turnover rate greater than 25% are ineligible.

Employee Qualifications

  • Employees must be residents of Pennsylvania and employed in Pennsylvania.
  • Employees must earn at least 150% of current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits.
  • The jobs must be permanent full-time positions eligible for full-time benefits.

*Each employer will sign an Applicant Memorandum of Agreement confirming that all of the above requirements will be met and are subject to verification.

  1. Then, your company must qualify for the specific training program it is interested in obtaining for its employees -- either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

Essential Skills Training Qualifications

  • Employers must be manufacturing or technology businesses including Biotech and Environmental-Tech companies.
  • Employers may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees up to $450 per employee and up to $75,000 total per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Employees must be frontline employees or first-level supervisors.
  • On-the-job and orientation training do not qualify for the program.
  • Funds cannot be used to address workplace adult literacy needs.

Advanced Technology Training Qualifications

  • All companies are eligible for Advanced Technology funding (with the exceptions noted in #1 above).
  • Employers may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees up to $850 per employee and $50,000 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • All employees can be reimbursed for Advanced Technology-eligible training regardless of job title, type of company or company size, as long as there is a clear connection between the training and the employee’s current job responsibilities.
  • Introductory courses are not eligible. MS Office and office-type applications do not qualify. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Access and Publisher.

IF YOUR COMPANY MEETS THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FOR RECEIVING WEDnetPA JOB TRAINING, THEN YOU MAY APPLY FOR THE TRAINING ONLINE. 

If your company meets the qualifications outlined in Step One and Step Two, you can submit an application for funding.

To start the process:

If your company has never utilized WEDnet in the past, please complete and submit the Training Inquiry Form.  

If your company has previously received WEDnet, please log onto ISAAC and complete the inquiry form.  

For assistance, please contact Certified WEDnet Partner, Shannon Tyson at 570.484.3131, or email  styson@lhup.edu .

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