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Training and Education

Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) - Expedited curriculum lowers training costs
ICAPP Advantage provides education for specified knowledge in high demand but short supply. ICAPP Advantage helps companies meet their hiring needs – and save thousands on training and hiring costs – with an expedited curriculum designed by the company with a college or university.

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Georgia Work Ready Program - Quickly determine candidate eligibility with this free assessment
Employers can simplify the hiring and training process by matching job profile information with assessment scores of Georgia Work Ready Certified potential employees. The Georgia Work Ready Assessment Program is a complete solution for companies to quickly assess whether a person’s skill levels match the job requirements. The Georgia Work Ready assessment is available to all Georgians at no cost.

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Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship - Free college tuition for Georgia residents
The Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship makes continuing education affordable to Georgia residents who maintain a “B” average at the high school and/or college level. The scholarship covers many tuition, fees, and books costs for students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities.

Quick Start Training - Free customized workforce training
Georgia’s highly acclaimed program offers sophisticated customized workforce training, jointly developed with your Company. This cost-free program covers development of all training plans and materials, plus actual training conducted in the Company’s facilities or in one of the state-of-the-art technical schools. Contact: Vice Pres. of Economic Development, NGTC, Mark Ivester, 706-754-7703. Send Email


Retraining Tax Credit

Retraining Tax Credit - Equal to 50% of employee retraining costs
Employers who provide retraining for employees are eligible for a tax credit equal to 50% of the costs of retraining each full-time employee up to $500. The training muste nhance the skills of employees on new equipment, technology or operating systems and be provided at no cost to the employee. Read more



The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.

The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.

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