Employee Blue Collar Training Program
Blue Collar Training Proposals for State of Delaware Employees are accepted July 15 through August 15 each year!
What is the State of Delaware Employee Blue Collar Jobs Training Program?
The Blue Collar Training Program provides a portion of it’s funding to help Delaware offer customized training programs to upgrade and retrain their state employees. The overall administration of this fund is handled by Secretary of State, DSB/Division of Small Business.
The State of Delaware is awarded funds for workforce development to foster career development and promotional potential for State employees typically in lower pay grades (pay grades 1-10).
Blue Collar Training for State Employees (including Casual Seasonal Employees)
How is training for State employees identified?
Each spring, the Department of Human Resource, Statewide Training and Organizational Development surveys agency training administrators and HR managers to identify and prioritize training which would help employees typically in lower pay grades gain skills and advance in their careers. As training needs are identified each year, suggested training is presented to the Blue Collar Funds Review Committee for prioritization, selection and approval.
How are training funds spent on State employees?
Funds are designated for training made available to employees statewide by DHR/Statewide Training and Organizational Development, such as: leadership training, writing classes, communications training, and a statewide mentoring program.
Funds are also designated for agency program training initiatives using an RFP process. Requests for proposals are solicited from agencies at the beginning of each fiscal year when funds are awarded. Funding has been approved for agency initiatives such as; computer training, electrician's license exam training, office management and administrative occupational classes, as well as other specific training designed to assist employees with promotions and development.
Agencies are encouraged to share some of the costs for their programs. For instance, Blue Collar may pay for computer classes, but half of any certification exam costs might be covered by the employees' agencies.
How do I find out about classes that I may be eligible for?
The Delaware Learning Center may feature or simply identify classes offered for free or at reduced costs through these funds. Agencies whose training proposals are approved may notify their employees of opportunities as well.
How do I submit a request for Blue Collar Funds?
If you have a training course(s) you would like to be considered for Blue Collar Funds, submit your request to your agency/division Training Administrator or Human Resource Manager, no later than July 1 each year, prior to their submission to the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Agency proposals will be accepted by DHR/Statewide Training and Organizational Development (James.Terry@delaware.gov) July 15 through August 15 each year.
Blue Collar Training Opportunities are also open to Residence of Delaware (not just State employees)
Each year, the Workforce Investment Board awards Blue Collar Funds to a variety of vendors in Delaware. Contact programs of interest directly to find out if you qualify (some are only for those who are unemployed, some are for people who are “under-employed” and some have other restrictions).
To save you a few clicks, here are the Delaware Technical and Community College contacts (which seem to receive the most interest):
- DTCC Stanton Campus (Newark) - (302) 453-3011
- DTCC Innovation & Technology Center (New Castle) - (302) 266-3300
- DTCC George Campus (Wilmington) - (302) 434-5572
- DTCC Terry Campus (Dover) - (302) 857-1400
- DTCC Owens Campus (Georgetown) - (302) 259-6375
While these classes are not managed by DHR, if they occur during work hours or if they have a reduced fee, you may work with your supervisor to decide whether you may adjust your schedule or to see if your department can assist with the costs.
For assistance with other classes, contact the Department of Labor's One Stop program (302-739-5473) and Vocational Rehabilitation programs (302-739-5478). Your department's training administrator or HR manager may be able to provide additional information or assistance.