Ohio to reimburse employers for upskilling workers

Ohio will soon reimburse employers that pay for employees to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials. Gov. Mike DeWine, R, signed House Bill 2 Jan. 13, creating the TechCred and Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). For the TechCred program, "the state will provide up to $2,000 reimbursement per employee and up to $30,000 per employer in each application period," according to Ohio’s Development Services Agency. For educating individuals in IMAP, "with a focus on helping low-income, underemployed or unemployed individuals, "training providers may seek up to $3,000 reimbursement, Ohio House of Representatives democrats said in a statement. The agency is accepting applications for TechCred through Jan. 31. The program’s website states that availability of funds and timeline for future open application periods will be based on demand. "By investing in job training, we are investing in Ohio’s future,"Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D, said in a statement.

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