Customized Training

What is it? Customized training is aimed at meeting the employers' specific needs as opposed to meeting general training needs, and is often targeted at incumbent workers. It can include customized curricula and delivering training at times and locations that make it possible for current employees to participate (often on the job or at the work site). Employers sometimes contribute toward the cost of customized training programs and commit to hiring participants or retain or promote incumbent workers. In the public workforce system, workforce development boards may fund some of the customized training costs with employers contributing at least half of the cost of training, although the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act gives states flexibility on this front. 

Who provides it? Postsecondary institutions and other education and training providers work directly with employers to develop customized training, or sector strategies, to meet specific job needs, often for incumbent workers.

Why is it important? Customized training can be used to prevent layoffs, increase wages, and prevent companies from relocation. States and municipalities often have customized training programs in place to attract new employees or meet the training needs of current employers.