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Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR)

Supporting employee retention through skills retraining

CONTACT

Brett Sayre, Business Development Finance Manager

785-213-9086

[email protected]

The Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) program is a job retention tool that helps restructuring companies retrain employees who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.

Who Qualifies

To be eligible, a company must show how they are restructuring their current business operations, retrain at least one existing position at an average wage equal to or greater than the median wage for their county and show how the employee will be displaced.

Eligible Expenditures

  • Instructor salaries
  • Curriculum planning and development
  • Materials, supplies, textbooks
  • Training aids
  • Minor training equipment
  • Travel

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $500.00 will be required for all Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) applications at the time of application submission.

Where to Start

Applications for KIR are accepted year round. Contact your Regional Project Manager to get started.

KIR Resources

2025 Guidelines
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County Median Wages
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Kansas Department of Commerce Incentive Policy for Remote Workers
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