Employee Skill Development Just Became More Accessible In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Commonwealth Corporation announced that effective September 1, 2020, any size company that contributes to the Workforce Training Fund Program is eligible for Express Funds to cover training expenses. (The Express Program was previously only available to small businesses w/ 100 or fewer employees.)

All for-profit companies in MA pay into the fund and some non-profits do as well. Nonprofit organizations that select the “contributory method” for unemployment are paying into the WTFP and are therefore eligible to apply. Those that select the “reimbursable method” are paying a discounted rate that does not include a contribution to the WTFP and therefore are not eligible to apply.

The Express Program provides 50% reimbursement for the cost of training and is limited to $3,000 per employee per course.

EANE’s learning and development programs, including conferences, are approved and can be found in the Express Fund Course directory found in the Express Course Directory.

All organizations must first apply to be approved to use the funds. EANE can assist you in the process.  

We Can Help!

EANE is hosting two FREE 30-minute webinars. Join EANE’s Learning & Development Director as he guides you through the approval process so that you can stretch your staff development budget. Click on one of the options below to register.

Sept. 10  | FREE MA Express Fund Intro. Webinar  |  12:30 pm – 1:00  pm

Sept. 16  |  FREE MA Express Fund Intro. Webinar  |  8:30 am – 9:00 am

EANE members can learn more about the process for Express Fund approval and reimbursement on the members-only State-Funded Training Grants Toolkit page of the EANE website. (Member login required for access.) 

If you would like to jump-start your express fund pre-approval and need additional guidance, members are invited to call 877.662.6444 for assistance from one of our Learning & Development team members.