Established by the 74th Legislature in 1995, the Skills Development Fund was designed to better utilize the public community and technical college system in Texas, as well as other training organizations, to partner with businesses throughout the state to train workers. Grants offered through this program serve to meet the labor needs of employers and the regional labor market. Training providers can use the grant funds for curriculum development, training materials, instructor certifications, training equipment and upgrades for the specified training needs of the business, ultimately offsetting the cost of training for the employer.
The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program.
Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards, and economic development partners.