CSS Workforce New York

Training Opportunities Overview

The main funding source for CSS WF NY is the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 Grant, referred hereinafter as “WIA.” This grant is targeted at providing training and employment opportunities for adults, youth and dislocated workers. CSS WFNY is the administrative entity, main funding source, i.e. umbrella of a multi-agency partnership. Your training may be partially funded with WIA or other funding sources, dependent upon individual or business eligibility determination. CSS WFNY continuously seeks alternative grant funding sources in order to achieve our mission of: “Creating a region that is a location of choice by employers due to a highly employable and motivated workforce committed to individual growth and skill development through life-long training and education.”

CSS WF NY Grievance Policies & Procedures

Priority of Service Policy / Priority of Service for Veterans
A veteran or eligible spouse of a veteran will be given priority for all system services.

Supportive Services Policy

Travel Reimbursement Policy

Needs Related Payments Policy

Local - (Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben)

Standard Training Intake Package - please submit to your counselor w/one form of identification (Standard for ALL Training Program Requests, however TRADE funded intakes are found under Rapid Response tab).

Income Calculation Form - may use for Targeted Occupational & ITA programs when Priority of Service is in place.

Individual Training Accounts

The Individual Training Accounts (ITA) Program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals determined who need classroom training or online learning in order to gain skills sets that improve their employment opportunities for local demand occupations.

Priority of Service Policy is currently in affect for ITA training (please refer policy below).

You must meet minimum WIA eligibility to apply:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in U.S.
  • If male, born after 1960 you must be registered w/selective service or acceptable documentation verifying why you are exempt.
  • Resident of Chemung, Schuyler or Steuben County, New York.
  • If you are working full-time, then you are not eligible. If you work part-time (less than 30 hours per week) and are actively seeking work, then you are eligible to apply.
  • You are not eligible if you are currently enrolled in school, unless you have been approved for the 599 Training Program through the NYS Department of Labor.
  • You must work with a CSS WFNY Career Counselor to complete an orientation, submit a training application (click here) and meet suitability criteria (click here) specific to the occupation.

Only trainings leading to specific occupations are being approved for local funding. These occupations are on the Local Demand Occupation Training List. For the current list, click here.

Training Providers are able to access the NYS Eligible Training List by clicking https://applications.labor.ny.gov/ETPL/. Instructions may be printed by clicking https://www.labor.ny.gov/workforcenypartners/PDFs/NewRegETP.pdf

Only certain training providers are approved to provide this training. They appear on the NYS Department of Labor Eligible Training Provider List.

In order to receive grant funding, your request must go through the approval process. To see the current policy related to this process, please click here.

The most current Targeted Occupational Intake Package for our Accelerated Machinist Partnership program is available by clicking here.

Funding grant requests are reviewed monthly, please see the current review calendar, by clicking here.

Targeted Outreach to Meet Local In-Demand Occupational Needs

The purpose of targeted outreach for specific training is to provide a way for the Local Workforce Investment Board to respond quickly to business/industry needs for specific skills sets. Training needs are identified by working directly with a specific industry to assess current demand or statistical data collection for the local area. This data is reviewed by CSS WFNY who then passes along this information to the public with notices of training opportunities for high-demand skills sets to fill current or projected jobs in the local area.

CSS WFNY encourages all interested applicants to review all training details, pre-requisites and funding options for anyone either residing or working in the tri-county area that need to upgrade their skills to become gainfully employed, advance their careers or retain their current position. This business-driven model allows unemployed individuals who are selected to access training “without fees”.

Individuals are able to apply for all of the current occupational training courses listed on the Demand Occupation List OR any listed below. All Individual Training Account (ITA) Policies are applicable with the exception of the application deadline which will be provided for the specific training listed.

If you are a current WIA ITA participant and need to print forms for supports, please click below. Remember that all original, signed forms must be submitted to your counselor.

CSS Staff Only Forms:

Metrix Learning Program

Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSSWFNY) has partnered with Metrix Learning for it's customers and recently we have expanded the service to businesses to improve the skills of incumbent workers.
Residents of CSS are able to access free on-line learning. Click here to preview an Informational Flyer. To apply, complete a Metrix Customer Questionnaire and make an appoint today with a Counselor at the closest Career Center.

Business questions should be directed to Kellie Christopher, Business Services Manager at (607) 238-5730 ext. 1113 or christopherk@csswfny.com

  • Metrix PP Presentation for Businesses click here
  • Basic Individual Intake Package click here and attach one form of I.D. (driver's license, passport or birth cert most common)
  • Metrix Renewal Form for Businesses click here at 90/days if you would like to renew for one more/final license
  • Metrix Renewal Form for Counselors click here at 90/days if you have a customer who would like to renew
  • To review the Metrix SkillsSoft Course Catalog click here
  • To review the Medcom Course Catalog click here
  • Interested in having an employee obtain a Certification, review the Certification Exam Price List by clicking here
  • Utilize our Certification Request Form by clicking here and view our Supportive Services Policy by clicking here
  • STAFF ONLY: Policies, Account Information Form,

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training Polices can be reviewed by clicking "here".
New Hire or Employed Worker On-the-Job Training
On-the-Job Training provides businesses residing in the tri-county area the opportunity to offset a portion of the wages and/or costs associated with conducting training for new hires or employed workers that will result in an upgrade to a new position or the opportunity to learn skills sets necessary to retain employment. The On-the-Job Training Program offers individuals, regardless where they reside, the opportunity to be properly trained for a position that requires specific skills sets in order to be successful.

  1. Trainee Application via the Career Center – Trainees must complete a brief (10 min.) OJT application at one of the five career centers BEFORE beginning a new job. This must be done at least 10-14 working days in advance of your hire/training date. OR
  2. Trainee Application from Businesses with Scanning Capabilities - Businesses you are now able to assist your trainees to complete the OJT application BEFORE beginning a new job during the interview process with the HR at the place of business. This also must be done at least10-14 working days in advance of the hiring/training start date. The application must be completely filled out with no blanks and must have one form of identification with the package at time of submittal. Identification may include a valid driver's license, birth certificate, passport, or Federal, State or Local I.D. Card. If you are interested in applying on your own, please click here for the application and note that is helpful if you indicate who the sender is in the body of the e-mail with contact information in case of questions and to confirm business vetting has been conducted. If business vetting has not been done, please see Step 3 and submit the two vetting forms. All OJT packages are to be scanned (in color if possible) and e-mailed to christopherk@csswfny.com.
  3. Business NYS Vetting - All businesses must complete the NYS State Vetting process and be "Found to be Responsible" as a business. This is done to ensure workers compensation and Unemployment Insurance is being paid for the protection of the worker. Businesses with scanning capabilities may complete the following two forms and return them to Lori Haner, Business Services Manager at christopherk@csswfny.com to get started: Standard Pre-Award Survey and NYS Responsibility Questionnaire.
  4. Program Eligibility/Suitability Determination – Not all trainees, but most are determined eligible, dependent upon available funding – the business will be notified of determination. Employed workers must be changing job duties/responsibilities (title) and be receiving a minimum of $1/hr. increase in wage after the OJT contract training plan is developed. Individuals who earn over $35/hr. are not eligible per the CSS WFNY self-sufficiency level set forth by the WIB Board of Directors. Please note that customers may be contacted to return to the nearest center from time to time to complete additional assessements for special grant funds we may have available. Failure to do so may result in the inability to process the OJT application and execute a contract for the business.
  5. Contract Development – CSS WFNY staff is responsible to work with the business to identify the job description/training plan and a contract will be forthcoming. Each WIOA OJT contract is written at the discretion of the CSS staff for a minimum of 200 hrs. to a maximum of 1040 hrs. of training and a maximum reimbursement of $2,000 per contract.
  6. Progress Reports – CSS staff is responsible to ensure both the trainee and employer is satisfied with the progress of the new hire or employed worker upgrade.
  7. WIOA Compliance Monitoring – All CSS contracts are monitored to ensure Federal/State/Local compliance.
  8. Close-out and Reimbursement Payments – Payroll is collected and reimbursement is processed.
  9. Program Follow-up/Data Collection – CSS tracks the long-term progress of all training participants and may ask for follow-up data such as retention & wage information.

Customized Training

Customized Training provides businesses residing in the tri-county area the opportunity to offset a portion of the cost of training for employees. The goal of the training is to introduce new technology, retrain to increase retention, assist workers with changing technology, introduce new skills sets, or promote career laddering opportunities to existing workers. This training may be conducted on or off-site.

Trainees must meet minimum WIA eligibility:
  • Must be 18 years or older and employed full-time (30+ hours on a regular basis).
  • U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in U.S.
  • If male, born after 1960 you must be registered w/selective service or acceptable documentation verifying why you are not to do so.
  • Residence is not a consideration. You may reside in NY or PA as long as your employer resides in Chemung, Schuyler or Steuben.
  • You must thoroughly complete the training application (click here) with one form of I.D. (drivers license, passport or birth certificate are the most common), receive and review our Grievance Policies and Procedures (click here).
  • You must earn less than $35/hr.

Businesses must meet minimum WIOA eligibility:
  • The business must be "Found to be Responsible" through the NYS Vetting Process in order to receive Federal WIA training fund reimbursement for CSS WFNY approved Customized Training Programs.
  • Your business must reside in Chemung, Schuyler or Steuben County
  • You must be in good standing, according to the performance standard set forth by the CSS WFNY Board of Directors.
  • You must apply for reimbursement for your program by providing details in advance to be approved by the CSS WFNY Board of Directors or Executive Committee vote. For your convenience a template is provided by clicking here.
  • Customized Training Policies may be reviewed by clicking here.

  1. Customized Training Program Request – CSS has a template that businesses can utilize to submit a brief description of their training plans, project goals & expenses. This application is presented to the CSS Workforce New York Board of Directors each month. Applications must be presented and approved in advance of the start of training. Currently, in-kind wages are not being considered as part of the reimbursable training expenses.
  2. Trainee Application from Businesses - Businesses you are now able to assist your trainees to complete the Customized application BEFORE beginning a Customized Training with the HR at the place of business. This also must be done well in advance of the training start date. The application must be completely filled out with no blanks and must have one form of identification with the package at time of submittal. Identification may include a valid driver's license, birth certificate, passport, or Federal, State or Local I.D. Card. Please click on the Trainee application and note that is helpful if you indicate who the sender is in the body of the e-mail with contact information in case of questions and to confirm business vetting has been conducted. If business vetting has not been done, please see Step 3 and submit the two vetting forms. All Customized packages must include the business request and the trainee packages together and can be mailed or scanned (in color if possible) and e-mailed to christopherk@csswfny.com.
  3. Business NYS Vetting - All businesses must complete the NYS State Vetting process and be "Found to be Responsible" as a business. This is done to ensure workerscompensation and Unemployment Insurance is being paid for the protection of the worker. Businesses with scanning capabilities may complete the following two forms and return them to Lori Haner, Business Services Manager at hanerl@csswfny.com to get started: Standard Pre-Award Survey and NYS Responsibility Questionnaire.
  4. Program Eligibility/Suitability Determination - Not all trainees, but most are determined eligible, dependent upon available funding – the business will be notified of the determination. Individuals who earn over $35/hr. are not eligible per the CSS WFNY self-sufficiency level set forth by the CSS Workforce New York Board of Directors.
  5. Final Approval Process – Once the request is approved, the business will be notified.
  6. Contract Development - CSS WFNY staff is responsible to work with the business to ensure that the training plans follow the original request and any changes are written in the contract.
  7. Progress Reports - CSS staff is responsible to ensure both the trainee and employer is satisfied with the progress of the program. Reports are mandatory for training that lasts longer than 3 months.
  8. WIOA Compliance Monitoring - All CSS contracts are monitored to ensure Federal/State/Local compliance.
  9. Close-out and Reimbursement Payments – Training invoices and copies of the payment(s) made for the training, trainee sign-in sheets, and certifications (if applicable) are collected and reimbursement is processed.
  10. Program Follow-up/Data Collection - CSS tracks the long-term progress of all training participants and may ask for follow-up data such as retention & wage information.

Group Employed Worker Upgrade Training

Group Employed Worker Upgrade "On-the-Job" Training provides businesses residing in the tri-county area the opportunity to offset a portion of the wages and/or costs associated with conducting training for employed workers. The goal is to give groups of workers the opportunity to learn new skills sets necessary to improve retention and/or workplace culture, efficiency & production quality & quantity. The Group Employed Worker Upgrade "On-the-Job" Training Program offers individuals, regardless where they reside, the opportunity to be properly trained to be successful on the job. It also offers businesses an opportunity to conduct in-house training for non-traditional or business-specific skills sets. An additional advantage is when a business starts a new endeavor whether it is new equipment, new product, etc. they can reduce costs by training in groups.

  1. Pre-Award Agreement between CSS WF NY & Business - CSS Business Services staff is able to meet with the business and discuss their on-site, internal training needs and estimate the costs of the training and develop a training plan.
  2. Trainee Application - Please proceed utilizing the steps above under "On-the-Job Training" for a complete listing of all of the steps to complete a Group Employed Worker Upgrade Training Grant.

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