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Governor Kelly Announces Recipients of More than $500K in Registered Apprenticeship Grants Governor Laura Kelly today announced a total of $528,478 has been awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to eight entities across the state for projects that will attract and retain employees and build the state workforce through registered apprenticeships. Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita. View All


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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 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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