Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is pleased to announce receipt of an Employer Training Investment Program grant (ETIP) for fiscal year 2019 through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) with support from the Governor and lawmakers who approved funding for the job training program. The grant term will be July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. All training that occurs during this time period may qualify for reimbursement based on eligibility requirements.
The IMA administers the ETIP grant on behalf of the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity for manufacturing companies in Illinois. Participating companies must have a physical location in the state of Illinois and agree to train only their full-time Illinois based employees. The IMA works with its member companies through the entire process to help them receive reimbursement for their job training expenses. Each participating company must complete a company profile identifying the company location from which their employees will be participating and schedules detailing all training each company has completed. The schedules must include number of participants, dates of training, and cost of training. The reports for the next submission (July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) must be forwarded by email only to Janie Stanley, Revenue & Grant Administrator at email@example.com, no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.
The grant is being administered on a quarterly basis with funding allocated on a first come, first-served approach. With the state’s bill payment cycle, there may be some slight delay in receiving reimbursement once approved. Grant funds may be used to cover no more than 50% of actual approved expenses related to the training for a company’s full-time employees. Participating companies are required to fund a match amount of the remaining 50 percent. Eligible expenditures must fall within the following budget categories:
* External vendor/trainer or tuition expense (copies of paid invoices must also be submitted)
* Internal company-based instructor wages at the actual hourly wage rate
The IMA will work with companies to collect and submit the proper forms. DCEO has the sole discretion in determining the final approved funding level for ETIP grants. Historically, the ETIP multi-company awards have excluded expenses for trainee wages and fringe benefits.
Participant/Participating Company – An Illinois-based company who meets the eligibility requirements of the Award and is selected by the Grantee for participation in the employee job training grant opportunity.
Trainee – Is a full-time employee of a participant company who receives training from funds made available through the grant opportunity.
New Trainee – a full-time, Illinois-based employee hired or transferred by the company on or after July 1, 2018 and trained during the Award Term.
An Existing Trainee – is an Illinois-based employee hired prior to the beginning of the Award Term and trained during the Award Term.
Grant Eligible Expenses
Grant funds may be used to cover no more than 50% of a participating company’s actual expenses related to the delivery of training for their full-time employees. Participating companies will be required to fund an equal or greater match amount of the remaining eligible training cost. Expenditures for participant companies must fall within the following categories:
– Internal company-based instructor wages at the actual hourly wage rate
– External instructional vendor/trainer expenses related to tuition costs of course. No materials.
– Employee external training tuition or training fee expenses
All training activities and related expenditures must have been initiated and completed during the Award Term.
Grant Ineligible Expenses
Employee Travel costs
Training Program Development/Preparation/Planning Conference/Workshop/Seminars (unless certificate of completion is issued)
Eligible Training Activities
Training activities should be delivered in structured group training or classroom setting overseen by qualified internal employees or external instructors hired, contracted, or paid by the participating company. Training should be directly associated with an employee’s day-to-day activities and must enhance skills related to the job that the employee is performing. One-on-one and on-the-job (OJT) training can be considered for approval (pre-approval from Grantor required) when group training is not practical, and the training can be delivered through a structured training platform where skill progression is documented and verified. The Grantor reserves the right to deny reimbursement of any training submitted that it deems not to meet program eligibility.
Examples of acceptable training activities include but may not be limited to:
– Training programs required to respond to new or changing technologies, processes, product lines, machinery or equipment being introduced into the workplace.
– Training necessary to implement continuous improvement systems in the workplace, including quality certifications.
– Training employees in skills necessary to enable company to establish, maintain or expand into new export markets.
– Training related to regulatory compliance as mandated for the workplace.
– Basic and/or remedial training of employees ONLY as a prerequisite or pathway for other vocational or technical skills training.
– Training to upgrade technical workplace skills.
Ineligible Training Activities
Examples of ineligible training activities include, but may not limited to:
– Tuition Reimbursement for GED, College Credit/Degree
– Professional Continuing Education
– Skills Assessment
– Team Building
– On-the-Job (non-structured)
– Employee Orientation Training
– Soft Skills Basic Remedial
– Human Resource Practices
– Time Management
– Strategic Planning Development
Employees of participating companies who are part-time, seasonal, contractual or temporary are not eligible to participate in ETIP/Award sponsored training activities. To be eligible as a participant, a person must be a full-time, Illinois-based employee of the participating company working from a facility located in Illinois.
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This publication and material were supported in whole or in part by a special appropriation multi-company grant program awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Representations made by this publication and material do not necessarily reflect the opinions and conclusions of the Department.