The Massachusetts Training Exchange is an online training marketplace. It was created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help Massachusetts businesses access quality training for their employees. The primary purpose of the Massachusetts Training Exchange is to help businesses that are eligible for state grant subsidies from the Workforce Training Fund Program to find high quality and cost-effective training for their workers and apply for grant subsidies to pay for the training. The Massachusetts Training Exchange is a resource of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.
Grant Subsidies & Eligibility
|Available Now Through the Massachusetts Training Exchange||Will Be Available Through the Massachusetts Training Exchange Later in 2019|
Small Business Direct Access ProgramSmall Business Direct Access Program grants subsidize 100% of the cost of designated training courses that are in high-demand and have been pre-purchased in bulk by the Workforce Training Fund. Full subsidies for these courses are available only to small businesses through the Massachusetts Training Exchange and only while supplies last.
Express ProgramExpress Program grants will subsidize up to 50% of the cost of any course available on the Massachusetts Training Exchange, up to $3,000 per employee per course.
|Only businesses with 100 or fewer MA employees may be eligible.||Businesses of any size may be eligible.|
- To qualify to take part in Workforce Training Fund (WTFP) grant programs your organization must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund. All for-profit employers in Massachusetts contribute to the WTFP via a surcharge on their Unemployment Insurance payments. Non-profit employers that select the contributory method to finance Unemployment Insurance also pay the surcharge and are eligible to participate in WTFP grant programs. Non-profits that select the reimbursable method are paying a discounted rate that does not include contribution to the WTFP and therefore are not eligible. For information about unemployment insurance payment options for non-profit employers click here. No federal, state, or local government entities contribute and therefore are not eligible to take part in any WTFP grant-funded training.)
- To be eligible for any grant subsidies, you must provide a copy of a Certificate of Good Standing for your business from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Certificate must be less than 6 months old at the time you provide it. To request a Certificate of Good Standing click here.
- Your business must also be in full compliance with all obligations to the Department of Unemployment Assistance, Department of Industrial Accidents, and any other obligations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- If your business has been debarred from doing business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the federal government, your company is not eligible to participate in Workforce Training Fund programs.
- You must renew your business account annually, including submitting a new valid Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. You will be notified prior to the renewal deadline.
Grant Subsidy Limits
- Eligible businesses may receive up to $15,000 per calendar year through the Massachusetts Training Exchange.
- Grants subsidize a maximum of $3,000 per person, per course.
Only Massachusetts-based payroll employees working for an eligible business may participate in training. This means that workers whose training is funded by this program must be working at a location in the Commonwealth. Contract employees are not eligible to be trained with these funds.
- Grant funds may not pay for the costs of assessment, preparation, planning, travel, consulting services or the cost of occupational licensing.
- Grant funds may not be used to pay for trainer or trainee travel expenses.
- Courses that a company is legally mandated to provide to its employees are not eligible for reimbursement under this grant program (i.e. OSHA 10).
Cancellations & Refunds
Please see the Cancellation & Refund policy for more details.
Signing Up for An Account on the Massachusetts Training Exchange
In order to access training through the Massachusetts Training Exchange and to determine whether your company is eligible for grant subsidies through the Workforce Training Fund Express and Small Business Direct Access Programs you must sign your business up for an account on the Massachusetts Training Exchange. You will need the following information for your company:
- Federal Employer Identification Number
- Department of Unemployment Assistance Number
- Valid Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
- Business contact for your Massachusetts Training Exchange account
- Basic information about your company and your company’s workforce, including the total number of full-time and part-time employees employed in Massachusetts and the number of full-time and part-time employees employed outside of Massachusetts
After you have signed up for an account on the Massachusetts Training Exchange and have been notified whether your company is eligible for a Workforce Training Fund grant subsidy, you can register your employees for a course immediately.
You should allow 3 weeks for review of your eligibility and approval of your business account.