Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission's Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is designed to assist businesses in training their employees. This program is made up of two components the Small Business Employee Training (SBET) and Customized Training.
Eligibility Criteria that must be met for consideration of either program:
1. Employers that have been in business in the state for at least three years, contributing and in full compliance with state UI tax laws;
2. Trainees must be incumbent workers for whom the employer incurs a state UI tax liability;
3. Employers cannot receive IWTP Small Business Employee Training and IWTP customized training concurrently.
4. Employer must submit required pre-authorization and receive approval by LWC before training commences for both the SBET and Customized Training programs.
Additionally, each program has its own set of eligibility criteria that must be met. Please click on the links below for specific information on each program.
Small Business Employee Training (SBET)
The IWTP Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET) is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees through individual, standardized (off-the shelf) training. Employers are reimbursed for tuition and required textbooks and manuals once the training has been completed and proper documentation has been submitted to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Training costs cannot exceed $3,000 per trainee per state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Funding is provided through the Workforce Development Training Account, at 2.3% of all IWTP funds available. This program is for Louisiana based businesses with fifty or fewer employees.
The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), business and industry, and training providers. The IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for trained workers. The program is funded by a portion of Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax contributions dedicated solely for customized training.