ReSkillMS was created to provide workforce training that helps Mississippians find job opportunities quickly with higher pay than their pre-COVID-19 occupation.

Mississippians who lost their jobs or had severe cutbacks and went on unemployment due to COVID-19 now have the opportunity to receive skills training at Mississippi community colleges to change jobs into high demand careers. Of the $1.25 billion in federal relief funds sent to Mississippi under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Mississippi legislature appropriated $55 million to support our state's workers and employers, which enabled the Governor and a coalition of the state's workforce leaders to create an innovative new program to train individuals for good-paying jobs most needed right now and into the future.

The ReSkillMS program encourages employers to hire employees immediately and train them on the job. The program also helps employers ready to fill skilled positions with the workforce they need by training individuals on the job. This process is encouraged by providing employer incentives. The funding incentive reimburses employers for a portion of wages during the training period for new hires.

Mississippians seeking jobs are aided by this component of the program because they find employment more quickly with higher wages due to the on-the-job training which places them in a higher earning position over the long term. The program will reimburse 50% of wages for jobs that pay up to $15/hour and 75% of wages that pay over $15/hour. Wages are reimbursed for the first 320 hours of training

Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

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Developed with funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.