Workforce Initiatives Kansas dedicates resources for employers to train and retrain employees and provides significant employment assistance in delivering a skilled workforce. Companies new to Kansas or businesses expanding here may qualify for assistance under one of our workforce training programs. These flexible programs offer: Services customized to your specific training needs, so your employees develop better skills faster. A collaborative effort between your company, the Department of Commerce and training providers to train for the appropriate employee knowledge, skills and abilities. Consulting and assistance in workforce training as you develop your employees’ competencies. A streamlined process to apply for and access workforce development programs. Personalized assistance with the reimbursement processes. The support of KANSASWORKS workforce services in recruiting and screening skilled employees. Training Tailored for Your Business Needs The Department of Commerce offers professional consultations and a variety of options at no cost to assist your workforce training and employment needs. Whether you are training a start-up workforce, adding new jobs or retraining current employees with new skills, we have resources to help you. The Department of Commerce adds value to companies doing business in Kansas by providing more options than ever. We can help you recruit and screen employees with competencies required for success in your company. Our Workforce Services Division is continually developing its resources of business-relevant training expertise within educational institutions that are tailored to help your company achieve results. We also collaborate with you to design a unique training plan to meet the specific skill sets you require of your employees. When appropriate, we can offer financial assistance to offset your firm’s training costs through the most appropriate Kansas training program. A profile of each of these programs, eligibility criteria and information concerning how to apply for assistance is provided in a summary table later in this section. The best news is that this list of services is by no means comprehensive. Our workforce services system is designed to ensure Kansas can continue to provide you with the qualified employees you need. State Training Institutions Kansas’ public training institutions have developed strong partnerships with businesses throughout the state. We can offer your business hundreds of existing training programs or design one to meet your needs through 26 technical and community colleges and seven universities. Many companies have taken advantage of these valuable resources for standardized or customized workforce training. Community and technical colleges serve business and industry directly through short-term programs for adults seeking competency-based instruction in order to meet the skill requirements of your company. Institutions also provide occupational technical training for secondary, post-secondary, and adult participants. One-third of community college students are enrolled in technical programs. By partnering with a post-secondary training institution to combine classroom and on-the-job training, your employees are able to receive credentials in nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship programs. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven method for improving skills, knowledge, worker quality and employee retention. State universities play a key role in Kansas’ economic development strategy, particularly in the crucial areas of research and continuing education. Our seven state universities award approximately 14,000 bachelors, 5,000 masters and nearly 1,200 doctoral degrees each year. Workforce Development Services A wide variety of services are available through the Kansas Workforce Centers located throughout the state. Services can include: statewide and national jobs listings; applicant pre-screening and application acceptance; space to conduct interviews as well as staff to assist in scheduling; space for job fairs; applicant assessment services and testing; veteran services; and current labor market information. These services are available to all Kansas employers at no cost and may be accessed through www.kansasworks.com or by contacting your local Kansas Workforce Center.