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Funding for Worker Training & Hiring Tax Credits

On-the-Job Training is Available

The REB has been awarded funding for On-the-Job Training wage reimbursement of qualified projected new hires . For more information,  contact Melissa Scibelli at 413-755-1360 or email her at  See Related Links to the right for more info!

Workforce Training Grants

Notification: After November 30, 2014, the Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) Program Will No Longer Accept Applications 

The Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) program is funded through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund.

On November 18, 2014, the Advisory Board for the Workforce Training Fund voted to:

  1. Freeze the Hiring Incentive Training Grant program, effective November 30, and
  2. Direct staff to redesign the HITG program consistent with the core objectives of the Workforce Training Fund.

The Board took this action because funding requests for Hiring Incentive Training Grants have been growing at an unsustainable rate. In FY13, requests totaled $544,000. In FY14, requests totaled $4.75 million. Requests received to date in FY15 will result in $5 million in payments, which is the amount budgeted for this program for the entire fiscal year. The Board is committed to ensuring that resources provided through the redesigned program will support employment success for newly hired veterans, individuals with disabilities, and long-term unemployed individuals and can be supported with available resources.

Guidance for HITG Applicants and Workforce Intermediaries That are Advising Applicants

  1. The last date Commonwealth Corporation will accept HITG applications is November 30, 2014.
  2. There is sufficient funding to honor all HITG applications that meet funding requirements and are received by 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2014.
  3. Applications must be complete to be considered for funding.
  4. All applications that were submitted to Commonwealth Corporation prior to the issuance of this notice will be considered for funding if all required documents have been received by Commonwealth Corporation by 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2014.
  5. If you have a question about the status of your application, please email your question to
  6. If you have a question about the reasons for the HITG program freeze, please email your question to

Opportunities do still exist for employers to apply for Workforce Training Grants either via the Express (for companies with 100 or fewer employees) or General Fund (any size company) programs.  Click on those links for more information!

Work Opportunity Tax Credits

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.

The legislative authority for the WOTC program expired on December 31, 2013. At this time, we have no indication whether Congress may pass legislation extending authority for the program beyond December 31, 2013. However, in the past when the program’s authority lapsed, Congress has retroactively reauthorized the program back to the date of expiration. In anticipation of possible retroactive reauthorization, employers should continue to submit WOTC applications for all target groups to State Workforce Agencies.

For more information on any of the above, send an e-mail to Larry Martin or call him at the REB at 413-755-1361.