Workforce Development Training Grant

The state’s main funding source for training is the Workforce Development Program. Through matching grants, this program funds industry education partnerships.

The program supports three types of training: new employee training, current employee retraining and current employee upgrade training. Training of hard skills, those skills that deal with the technical aspects of the job, is the main goal of this program. The state does, however, recognize that soft skills and basic academic skills are also an important part of a successful training project.

The program is designed as a 50/50 match-funding source. Every Workforce Development dollar must be matched with private sector contributions — either financial or in-kind.

For additional information, contact:
Finance Division
Governor’s Office of Economic Development
711 East Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-3369
Phone: 605-773-5032

The state has also recently launched a new workforce development initiative know as SDWINS. More information can be found at