Readily available and low-cost customized workforce skills training is provided by a number of organizations in the region.
Bluegrass State Skills Corporation
The importance of workforce training has never been greater. As companies think globally, it's imperative that Kentucky 's workforce be the very best it can be to remain competitive and provide good jobs for its citizens. The Cabinet's Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) plays a significant role in keeping Kentucky 's business and industry competitive in the global economy by assisting them in providing the necessary training for their workforce.
BSSC has built a strong reputation for meeting and exceeding industry needs for customized, flexible and industry-driven skills training. It achieves this by partnering with other employment and training organizations to tailor a comprehensive program of skills training services for new, expanding and existing companies.
BSSC assists business training needs by:
- Administering and funding Kentucky's customized business and industry-specific training efforts through training agreements for Grant-in-Aid and Skills Training Investment Credit projects that are approved by the BSSC Board of Directors;
- Acting as a broker, by coordinating the resources of providers of skills training and employment services;
- Facilitating the creation of public/private partnerships through education and training programs designed to meet unfilled training needs of individual and multiple-company training projects, or consortia; and
- Administering any special state appropriation for customized business and industry-specific training.
Cumberlands Workforce Network
The mission of the Cabinet for Workforce Development (CWD) is connecting Kentucky to employment, workforce information, education and training.
CWD has one of state government's broadest customer bases; therefore, these connections are made on many levels in many ways - the cabinet provides services for employers, job seekers, high school students, laid-off workers, adult learners, people with disabilities, unemployed people, veterans and those with training needs.
Employers have access to the full range of resources and expertise provided by colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
KCTCS community and economic development specialists coordinate services such as analysis of training needs and delivery of employment assessments and workforce training. The colleges' extensive learning network - which includes 62 campuses, distance learning opportunities and partnerships with high schools and universities - allows flexibility in program design and easy accessibility across the Commonwealth.