Workforce Training

Existing Workforce Training Program (EWTP)

The EWTP program provides financial assistance to Arkansas's eligible businesses for upgrading the skills of the existing workforce to remain competitive and economically viable.

Training is for full-time, permanent employees who work at least 30 hours a week and are subject to Arkansas's personal income tax. Reimbursements are calculated according to a set of scoring criteria.

Eligible Businesses:

  • Manufacturing - NAICS codes 31-33
  • Biotechnology - NAICS code 541710
  • National/Regional Corporate Headquarters - NAICS code 551114
  • Air Transport - NAICS code 488190
  • Building Trades - NAICS codes 236 and 238 (23899 not eligible)

The following companies must derive at least 75 percent of sales revenue from out of state:

  • Computer Firms
  • Intermodal Facility or Distribution Center
  • Office Sector (non-retail business)
  • Scientific and Technical Services
  • Motion Picture Production Eligible Employees


Freda Farmer

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

900 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: (501) 682-1179

Category: Workforce Training

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