CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will be hosting a virtual town hall from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, to provide more information about the increased funding limits for the DWS Workforce Development Training Fund grants and apprenticeship opportunities.

Please click here to register for the Virtual Town Hall.

Funding limits for Business Training Grants have been increased from $1,000 to $4,000, per trainee, per State Fiscal Year (SFY). For businesses in a preferred industry, the limit increased from $1,500 to $5,000, per trainee, per SFY. The total amount of funding a business can apply for per SFY has increased from $50,000 to $200,000, regardless of the number of trainees. In addition, Emergency Medical Service Providers are now also eligible for these grants.

Internship Grants also are affected by the new rules. Hourly wages for Internship Grants have increased from $12 to $25, with the requested wage to be supported by labor market industry averages. Businesses are now able to determine the number of internships they wish to host — up to six internships in a state fiscal year — as long as they are able to mentor the interns sufficiently. In addition, Wyoming county and memorial hospitals and Emergency Medical Service Providers are now also eligible for these grants.

These opportunities, as well as an overview of the training grants under the Workforce Development Training Fund, and more information about the last call for Apprenticeship State Expansion $1,000 grant reimbursement will be covered during the Town Hall. There also will be time at the end of the Town Hall for questions and answers.

The event is free to attend, and registration is required. Interested parties may register for this Virtual Town Hall here.