Work Force Development

The Governor’s Workforce Investment Division administers five workforce training programs.

For more information on these programs, contact or visit

  • Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program

    The program offers training grants up to $1,000 per employee for eligible companies that create a minimum of 10 new jobs within a 12-month period. It provides the following services:

    • Employee recruitment
    • Pre-employment assessment
    • High performance workplace development
    • Structured on-the-job training and development
    • Workplace education
  • Competitive Improvement Program
    The program targets small (50 or fewer employees) and medium (under 500 employees) sized manufacturers. Grants, capped at $1,000 per trainee, require a 50 percent cash contribution by each employer and require employers to document an in-kind contribution (usually wages paid to employees while being trained) toward the project.
  • Workforce Development Initiative Program
    The program encourages working partnerships between educational institutions and the business community. To qualify, community and technical colleges must establish their own revolving fund dedicated to workforce development initiatives. The program requires a one-to-one match from the private sector.
  • Small Business Workforce Program
    The program, part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center system, reimburses the costs of pre-approved technology and technology training for eligible small businesses. The program can provide up to $5,000 in grants designed to enhance competitiveness and expand markets, and up to $10,000 in grants for technology businesses. To be eligible, companies must be for-profit, have 50 or fewer employees, have been in operation for at least one year, have less than $2.5 million in revenues ($3.5 million for technology businesses) and be in good standing with state taxing authorities.
  • Workforce Investment Act Program
    People seeking WIA funding for training – even though they may meet the program entrance requirements – are not considered for training until they complete certain requirements, which may include job search, assessment, development of individual employment plans and other criteria.

Governor’s Workforce Investment Division
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0311
(304) 558-7024 or (800) 982-3386
Fax: (304) 558-7029

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