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Kansas Training and Retention Aligned with Industry Need (KTRAIN)

To close the skills gap in Kansas through demand-driven, employer-led partnerships aligned with dynamic business needs that help to build scalable, sustainable pipelines of talent.

Program Contact, KANSASWORKS

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Program Overview

KTRAIN partners with employers and educators to develop demand-driven training and talent management solutions that address critical workforce needs. Employers play an expanded leadership role in collaborative efforts with education and workforce professionals to align talent strategies with demand and train critical skills. As a result, unemployed and underemployed workers gain enhanced critical skills necessary for success in high-demand, high-wage careers in Kansas. KTRAIN projects focus on critical needs in high-wage, high-demand positions. Approved programs are reimbursed at 50% of training cost, and must result in a living wage that meets or exceeds county median wage (all thresholds are based on most recent Kansas Department of Labor statistics). 

Industry demand for skilled workers in Kansas is significant, and the skills gap faced by many Kansas employers requires new, creative solutions to overcome the challenges and create a pipeline of qualified employees. In partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Department of Commerce developed KTRAIN to address the skills gap currently challenging companies across the state.

Designed for mutual success

Businesses lead the selection process, identifying candidates who meet their needs and requirements, and then extend contingent offers to the candidates selected. Potential employees can learn about a company, its culture, and opportunities before accepting a contingent offer and beginning training. This leads to an overall reduction in training and recruitment costs, as well as increased retention of employees hired through the process.

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