Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania

Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania

WEDnet PA

Visit www.wednetpa.com for additional information or to download the Company Guidelines.

For assistance in applying for funding, identifying training vendors, or assessing your training needs, contact Karen White, Certified WEDnetPA Partner, at 570-389-4004 or kwhite@bloomu.edu.

Created by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the WEDnetPA grant program provides funding to qualified employers to help cover the cost of training for new and incumbent employees. This allows companies across the Commonwealth to keep their employees’ skills current and relevant, and maintain a competitive edge in both national and global markets.

Eligible businesses work with a regional partner to access funding and seek reimbursement for training expenses. Bloomsburg University is one of the certified partners involved in the administration of this state-wide training initiative.

There is NO application fee, and NO matching funds requirement for WEDnetPA!

What types of training are covered by WEDnetPA?

Essential Skills (ES) Training

Essential Skills Training provides instruction in a variety of skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Eligible programs are those that improve the essential job skills required for the employee's current position, and are defined according to the type and scope of business being conducted by the employer. Some of the types of training that are eligible under the ES program include:

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Computers and Computer Software Programs (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
    • Blueprint reading
    • Welding and soldering
    • Tooling and grinding
    • Machine setup and maintenance
    • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Advanced Technology (AT) Training

Advanced Technology Training provides instruction in a variety of technology and advanced manufacturing subjects. Advanced Technology skills are defined according to the type and scope of your business. Some of the types of training that are eligible under the AT program include:

  • Advanced Machine Operations and Maintenance
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology, including CAD, CAM, CNL, PLC, and 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

Where does the training take place, and what training methods are used?

You choose your training vendor, training method, and training location. Training events can take place at a training vendor site, at your business location, or online, and can be instructor-led in a classroom, a webinar, a conference, online, or in-house using employee trainers.

Is my company eligible to apply for a WEDnetPA grant?

It’s easy to determine if your company qualifies for funding. First, determine if you meet the following general qualifications:

Employer Qualifications

Your business is based in Pennsylvania or you have a significant presence in the state

You are NOT a point-of-sale retail business, gaming establishment, training vendor, employment agency, government agency, government-owned facility, education or other nonprofit entity

Your employee turnover rate is 25% or less

Employee Qualifications

Employees are residents of Pennsylvania and employed in Pennsylvania

Employees must earn at least 150% of the current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits

Employees must be in permanent, full-time positions and eligible for full-time benefits

If your company and employees meet the general qualifications noted above, it’s now time to determine whether you qualify to apply for Essential Skills funding or Advanced Technology funding, or both.

Essential Skills Training Qualifications

  • Your company must be a manufacturer or technology business (including Biotech and Environmental-Tech)
  • You may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees, for up to $450 per employee and up to $75,000 total per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)
  • Your employees must be frontline workers or first-level supervisors
  • Note: Funding will not cover employee orientation, on-the-job training, or workplace adult literacy needs, i.e. ESL training.

Advanced Technology Training Qualifications

  • All companies are eligible for Advanced Technology funding (with exceptions noted under Employer Qualifications above).
  • You may apply for funding for any number of eligible employees, for up to $850 per employee and $50,000 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • All employees can be reimbursed for Advanced Technology 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.
  • Note: Introductory courses are not eligible for Advanced Technology funding. MS Office and office-type applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Access, and Publisher qualify for Essential Skills funding.

It looks like my company qualifies. How do I apply for funding?

If your company and employees meet all of the qualifications listed above, then applying for WEDnetPA funding is fast and easy.

If you’re a new company who has never received funding before, your first step is to complete and submit the online Training Inquiry form. You can only apply for funding through a certified WEDnetPA Partner; you can choose your partner at the bottom of the Inquiry form. Your Partner will review your Inquiry before proceeding with the application process.

If your company has applied for and received funding in prior years, log in to ISAAC at https://isaac.wednetpa.com/. From your company dashboard, you can check your funding history and submit an inquiry for the current year.

If your Inquiry is approved for funding, you will be asked to read and sign a Memorandum of Agreement and submit a proposed Training Plan. Your WEDnetPA Partner can assist you with this process.

Once your application is approved and funded, your grant award and the invoicing and reimbursement process will be managed through an online portal called ISAAC (Information Sharing, Administration and Analysis Center).