Incumbent worker training (IWT) under WIOA provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase both participants’ and companies’ competitiveness.

It is a type of work-based training and up-skilling designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within the company, or to acquire the skills necessary to avert a layoff. Incumbent worker training is responsive to the special requirements of an employer or a group of employers in partnership with other entities for the purposes of delivering training to:

  • Help avert potential layoffs of employees, or
  • Increase the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for the employers.

IWT Desk ReferenceThis desk reference provides information on the requirements for providing Incumbent Worker Training under WIOA.

IWT Reporting Desk Reference: This desk reference provides information on the reporting requirements for providing Incumbent Worker Training under WIOA.

Business Engagement Series – Incumbent Worker Training: As part of the Business Engagement webinar series, three states and local workforce areas discussed their approach to using incumbent worker training as a business service in brief 45-minute sessions. Each session featured one state or local area, along with a business partner, discussing how they address business engagement through the lens of different approaches to incumbent worker training, and what benefits the business has identified by participating.