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Employee training assistance for small businesses – Part 1

Business owners face countless challenges on a daily basis, from complying with government regulations and developing working relationships with vendors to making investment decisions and collecting on debts.

Some of the greatest challenges, however, come in the area of employment law. How can a business ensure that its employees are fully and accurately trained to fulfill their job responsibilities? Job training is critical, yet many small businesses lack the time to prioritize training and the resources to implement it.

For this reason, the Louisiana Workforce Commission has developed the Small Business Employee Training (SBET) program. This is a facet of the broader Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). Here are a few questions and answers about it:

How does SBET benefit businesses?

This program allows businesses to increase the skill level of their employees at no appreciable cost to the company. At a higher level, it also boosts the overall quality of services and craftsmanship throughout Louisiana.

How much money can an employer spend on training?

The limit is $3,000 per year for each employee who participates in the program. For instance, a business training 10 different employees could spend up to $30,000 annually.

What counts as training?

Job training can include college courses, specialized training from manufacturers on how to operate their equipment or improve computer skills, textbooks and manuals, and more. (Travel expenses are not reimbursable.)

Where is training held?

Employees can be trained at their own work sites, at a college campus or at a different location, depending on the need. However, training cannot occur in a different state.

In our next post, we will talk about eligibility for participation, the step-by-step process and other matters related to the SBET program.

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