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    Subdivision 1. Purpose. The purpose of the special incumbent worker training grants is to
expand opportunities for businesses and workers to gain new skills that are in demand in the
Minnesota economy. The board shall establish criteria for incumbent worker grants under this
section and may encourage creative training models, innovative partnerships, and expansion or
replication of promising practices.
    Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them.
(b) "Incumbent worker" means an individual employed by a qualifying employer.
(c) "Qualifying employer" means a for-profit business or nonprofit organization in Minnesota
with at least one full-time paid employee. Public sector organizations are not considered
qualifying employers.
(d) "Eligible organization" has the meaning given in section 116L.17.
    Subd. 3. Amount of grants. A grant to an eligible organization may not exceed $400,000.
    Subd. 4. Matching funds. The board shall require matching funds from qualifying employers
in the form of funding, equipment, or faculty.
    Subd. 5. Use of funds. Eligible organizations shall use funds granted under this section for
direct training services to provide a measurable increase in the job-related skills of participating
incumbent workers. Eligible organizations may also provide basic assessment, counseling, and
preemployment training services requested by the qualifying employer. No funds may be used for
support services as described in section 116L.17, subdivision 4, clause (2).
    Subd. 6. Performance outcome measures. The board and the commissioner of employment
and economic development shall jointly develop performance outcome measures and standards
for this program. The commissioner and board shall consult with eligible organizations in
establishing standards. Measures at a minimum must include posttraining retention, promotion,
and wage increase. The board and commissioner shall provide a report to the legislature by March
1 of each year on the previous fiscal year's program performance. Eligible organizations must
provide performance data in a timely manner for the completion of this report.
History: 1Sp2005 c 1 art 4 s 27

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