VT Training Program Funds Available

The State of Vermont has funds available now to help you train new and incumbent workers, through the Vermont Training Program (VTP).

The VTP partners with employers and training providers to train Vermont's employees for the jobs of tomorrow. VTP provides performance-based workforce grants for: pre-employment training, training for new hires and incumbent workers. Training can either be on-site or through a training provider or vendor.  Grants may cover up to 50% of the training cost.


  • The VTP is open to all sectors of the Vermont economy.  Priority is placed on the twelve  "Vermont 2020" CEDS target sectors.  Learn more here.

  • Trainees must be full-time permanent employees working in Vermont.

  • Types of training can be for:Employers and training providers must show that the use of VTP funds supplement training efforts, not replace or supplant training efforts

    1. Pre-employment (with guaranteed hire post training)

    2. New Employees

    3. Incumbent Employees

  • Training shall be directly related to the employment responsibilities of the employee

  • VTP funds shall not duplicate other state and/or federal funds for employee training

  • Employee compensation (hourly wage), at the completion of training, must equal or exceed the livable wage as defined by the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office (JFO). Currently set at $13.16 per hour.

  • Employees must be offered a minimum of three of the following employee benefits: health insurance (w/ 50% or more of the premium paid by the employer), dental assistance, paid vacation, paid holidays, child care, retirement benefits, other paid time off excluding paid sick days, other extraordinary employee benefits.

For more information, see: http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp/business-grants and contact: John Young, Director, Workforce Development Programs, VT Department of Economic Development; 802-355-2725.