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Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Program



The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program (GGWFP) attracts new enterprises to West Virginia and encourages the growth and expansion of the state’s existing companies. The program provides training and technical assistance to support effective employee training strategies.

Program Overview:
The GGWFP is a catalyst for organizational development that enhances the overall performance of the state’s work force and provides solutions to complicated human resource issues. The program builds the capacity of participating companies to provide more effective internal training.
  • The award-winning GGWFP provides training awards for eligible new and expanding companies that create at least 10 new jobs within a 12-month period.
  • Overall funding levels are based on wages and benefits, location of facilities, number of employees and number of individuals needing training. Awards cannot exceed $2,000 per trainee.
  • Small businesses eligible for this program may receive up to 75 percent of actual training cost (maximum of $5,000) for preapproved technology, technical and regulatory compliance training.
  • With the assistance of the Incumbent Worker Training Program and the Competitive Improvement Program, training dollars are available for existing companies that may not be in a hiring mode

The Results:
It is true there is strength in numbers. Thanks to our many partnerships, the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force
Program has had great success and achieved some impressive numbers.

Investments since the program launched in 1991:
  • $54.78 million has been awarded to employers
  • $221.8 million has been provided by employers in cash and in-kind contributions
  • 197,226 workers have received training

This section contains the stories behind the numbers. West Virginia is moving forward by retraining and reinventing its
work force.

These stories from employers and workers show how West Virginia’s investment in the work force pays off in increased
skill sets and productivity.

If you are an employer in the state or are considering locating your business within West Virginia, we look forward to
helping you enhance your work force. Let us show you how you can be a part of our success.

For more information, call 304-558-7027, e-mail trainingapplication@workforcewv.org or visit www.workforcewv.org.
Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Program

The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program (GGWFP) attracts new enterprises to West Virginia and encourages the growth and expansion of the state’s existing companies. The program provides training and technical assistance to support effective employee training strategies.