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October 2019

Grants Available to Help Keep Your Workforce Tech Savvy

In today’s competitive market, companies across industries are focused on attracting and retaining the very best talent with the sharpest technology acumen. But keeping those employees up to date on the latest tools, developments, and updates can be very costly. From off-site trainings to new software webinars, the expenses and lost productivity add up quickly.

Did you know that grants are available to help offset these costs? The Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) initiative, offered through the Chester County Economic Development Council, covers up to 50 percent of costs per employee for technology training courses. In fact, during the 2019 fiscal year, a total of $174,564 was allocated to support the training needs of 277 individuals at 31 different companies in various industries including health care, technology, manufacturing, and energy.

ITAG was founded in 2000, bringing together the private, public, and educational sectors within the IT industry to focus on workforce development. Its mission is to promote IT, communications, and technology on order to help businesses and the Southeastern PA region reach their full potential in an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace.

ITAG’s funds, which are made available through grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Chester County Workforce Development Board, are available for reimbursement for technology-related training on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Business System Analysis;
  • Technical Project Management;
  • Programming Languages and Developer Platforms;
  • Cloud Computing Architecture;
  • Software Development Methodologies;
  • Network Administration and Security; and
  • Dev Ops.

Sean Ellsworth, Talent Acquisition Leader for the Vanguard Group, commented on the critical need for companies to reach the highest level of competency in technology. “Our top strategic priority is focused on our client experience, which requires increasing our talent and knowledge in job families like data science, user experience, scrum masters, front end development, and project management. Without upskilling our current crew, our business goals will not be achieved and our employees will not have the required skills to meet our talent needs.”

Training funds are still available for the remainder of 2019 ITAG to help companies of all sizes meet this challenge. If your organization needs to train new hires or upskill current employees, or has recently done so, please contact Marianne Stack, Project Manager at to learn about possible grant options.


  • Trainees must be Pennsylvania residents.

ITAG is a regional partnership primarily serving the counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Other counties may be considered as well.

Submitted by:
Marianne Stack

Project Manager
Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) | Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG)
Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC)


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