Kentucky Emphasizes Work First

Recognizing that a company’s workforce is its #1 priority, Kentucky is taking steps to ensure that workers in the Commonwealth are equipped with superior training and skills needed to compete in the global economy. Kentucky has aligned resources to ensure companies and individuals receive the assistance they need to be successful.

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Here are examples of the progress we are making:

Increased funding through the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC)
Providing employers with more training funds to develop new and existing employees. Currently, more than 200 employers have grants and tax credits worth over $12.6 million that are training nearly 43,000 employees.

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Work Ready Skills Initiative

Improving Training Facilities
New and improved training facilities are coming online statewide, thanks to more than $200 million in additional funding. Nearly 30,000 additional workers will receive training each year.

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Empowering Apprentices
Empowering apprentices through a registered apprenticeship model, combining on-thejob learning with related technical instruction. Apprentices are currently being trained in more than 100 occupations.

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Encouraging Manufacturing Careers
Increasing manufacturing careers through an innovative work/study program called KY FAME. Students split their week between college courses and on-the-job training in a high-tech manufacturing operation. After 18 months, students receive an advanced manufacturing technician (AMT) certification and can begin work or continue college.

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Incenting Students
Incenting students to enter some 60 high-demand occupations by providing scholarships in the state’s top five highdemand workforce sectors.

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Work Ready Scholarship

Offering Dual Credit Scholarships
Providing tuition for high school juniors and seniors to take courses that earn high school and college credit simultaneously. In three years, the rate of enrollment for dual credit courses has increased 92 percent and the successful completion rate stands at 95 percent.

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Providing Second Chances
Supporting job placement assistance to nonviolent offenders after they have completed their sentence to allow them to re-enter the workforce, thus lowering the state’s rate of recidivism and saving taxpayer money. Assistance includes housing, transportation and substance abuse treatment. In addition, certain low-level felons can expunge their records once they have completed their sentences.

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Equipping Offenders with Trade Skills
Offering apprenticeship programs for adult and juvenile offenders while incarcerated to give them nationally recognized journeyman credentials in skilled trades upon their release.

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Empowering Our People
Empowering residents to re-enter the workforce by providing training, re-employment services, job placement and employer recruitment activities at one of 12 career center hubs. More than 130,000 individuals have received career coaching and job placement services so far this year. (Kentucky Career Centers)

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Kentucky Career Center

Increasing the Workforce
Increasing the workforce by nearly 125,000 by working with the federal government to require able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries to participate in community engagement activities. These include education, job training, employment, caregiving or volunteering activities for at least 20 hours a week.

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Preparing Communities
Certifying communities that document their achievement on graduation rates, community commitment, educational attainment, career readiness, registered apprenticeship and internet availability. Nearly 75 percent of all Kentucky counties are certified Work Ready or Work Ready in Progress.

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Work Ready Communities

A collaboration among Kentucky organizations to provide workforce solutions to businesses, the Kentucky Skills Network offers assistance with employee recruitment, customized training solutions, training incentives and skills development.

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Kentucky Skills Network

Workforce Resources

The Cabinet partners with workforce organizations and institutions across the Commonwealth.

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Phone: (502) 564-7670

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601