Workforce Resources

North Dakota offers several resources for workforce training and development. 

Workforce and Education

Job Service North Dakota offers all customers, including businesses, students, job seekers, researchers, and public officials with access to all federally-funded workforce development programs, as well as several state programs through the One-Stop System. Businesses may generate a customized proposal outlining potential state and federal program benefits based on the number and title of occupations and their corresponding wage rate.

North Dakota offers a unique program that contributes to job training proposals:

New Jobs Training

New Jobs Training is a North Dakota program offering incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new full time employment opportunities through business expansion, creation and/or relocation to the state. Funding is provided to help offset the cost of training new employees.

 Under the North Dakota New Jobs Training Program, businesses may be able to obtains funds in the form of a loan, a reimbursement grant, or under a self-financing option. State income tax withholding from the new positions created are matched for up to ten years, until the maximum reimbursement is reached, or until the loan is repaid, whichever comes first.

A North Dakota New Jobs Training Preliminary Agreement establishes the effective date for a project and must be signed and in place prior to the start date of any new employee. To qualify, the business must be a primary sector business and agree that all the new jobs created will be paying a minimum of $10 per hour plus benefits within the first 12 months of employment.

Workforce Recruitment

Job Service also assists in workforce recruitment efforts by offering space in the One Stop offices for businesses to hold individual, on-site job fairs. Job seekers accessing One Stop services on-site are invited to meet with business representatives. Social media outreach invites all job seekers statewide to these events. A wide array of businesses, ranging from retail, energy, trucking, manufacturing, and healthcare take advantage of this service.

Forward Devils Lake Corporation “20 by 20” Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program

The “20 by 20” Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program works with local and regional businesses to help encourage and recruit high school students to consider a career in a skilled and technical program. Forward Devils Lake Corporation and participating businesses will reimburse the student for up to 80% of the cost of annual tuition/room/meals of an approved one- or two-year Technical College program, if they commit to coming back to the region after graduating from the program and working for the employer for a period of three years. Read more about this program in these articles from the Christian Science Monitor or the Grand Forks Herald

To learn more, contact your high school counselor or talk to a local/regional employer and ask them about the Forward Devils Lake 20 by 20 Program. You may also call Brad Barth at 701-662-4933 or email him at to learn more.

Program Example

  • Qualified programs with annual tuition/room & board costs of up to $15,000
  • Program reimburses 80% of costs up to a maximum of $12,000 per year.
  • Cost breakdown:
    • 60% to be paid by business sponsor =  $9,000
    • 20% by Forward Devils Lake =  $3,000    
    • 20% by student =  $3,000
  • Total maximum reimbursement for two years would be $24,000 – assuming 80% of a total cost to attend of $30,000 for two years.
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