Attention CT Manufacturing Companies – February 2021 Update
We are hoping for additional CARES Act funding through the CT Department of Economic and Community Development to launch a 2021 version of the highly successful REV-Up! wage subsidy and training program. If you would be interested in a potential future version of this funding and support, please email Eileen Candels of CCAT Workforce and Education Programs at and we will keep you posted!


REV-Up! Connecticut Back to Work is a Wage Subsidy and Training Program in partnership with the Governor’s Workforce Council, the CT State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). CCAT administers the REV-Up! Program.

REV-Up! is intended to retain our manufacturing talent pipeline by recruiting manufacturing employers to re-hire former employees or add to staff with manufacturing workers laid-off as a result of COVID; provide customized training and support; help employers grow their business for the future and build a stronger, vibrant workforce for a fast changing work world.

Program Purpose
The REV-Up! Connecticut Back to Work program will drive immediate impact in the manufacturing industry by re-engaging manufacturing talent and upskilling workers with the Industry 4.0 technology skills of the future. The focus of the REV-Up! program will be up-skilling in high demand competencies such as Quality, Inspection and Industry 4.0 Technologies. The REV-Up! Program, through CCAT, will administer a wage reimbursement to help mitigate employer training costs. All interested employers will work with REV-Up Training Team to design and support completion of a training plan specific to the upskilling required for the hire of the jobseeker.
Program Highlights
  • A way to REV-Up! your workforce for 2021 by hiring a manufacturing worker who has been laid off or furloughed due to COVID.
  • Employer wage reimbursement/subsidy, up to 40 hours per week, and up to $20 per hour, for work performed through December 27, 2020.
  • Wage reimbursement/subsidies will be available for hired/rehired employees until December 27, 2020, with retroactive consideration for unemployed manufacturing workers hired as recently as September 1, 2020.
  • An accelerated training plan with customized training services will be designed and supported in the program. The up-skilling will have three core training elements: Online with use of 180 Skills, Hands-on and facilitated Applied Trainings with the CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), and On-the-Job Training with a CCAT-provided Mentor.
  • Employer supportive services, such as resources and instructional materials that could include laptops, software or other training equipment, to facilitate high quality, skill-based training will be available on an as-needed basis.
  • Employee supportive services to assist with Childcare, for those most in need, up to $1000 until December 27, 2020, for an estimated ten employees under this program will be available according to guidelines.
Program Eligibility
Employer is a CT located Manufacturing or Allied Service Provider Company (Allied Service Providers only include companies that physically interact with a manufactured good to alter the product - for example industrial Heat Treaters and industrial Platers).

  • Must be registered for at least 3-years and currently generating revenue.
  • 51% or more of the company's revenue must be generated from the sale of goods the applicant manufactures or from allied services provided to manufacturers.
  • Must have at least 3 full-time employees.
  • Must be operating in an appropriately zoned commercial area.
  • Must be in good standing with the State of CT, Department of Labor and Department of Revenue Services, and in full compliance with all Federal and State laws, and will provide such proof.
  • Employee must be hired by employer on or after September 1, 2020.
  • Employee must be previously employed in Manufacturing but laid off due to COVID.
  • Employee must be upskilled through training plan customized and implemented in partnership with REV-Up! Technical Trainer and employer.
Initial Application Submission & Process Considerations
  • Employer Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Provide initial application with the required details and information only if candidates are known hires/rehires or have already been identified as potential applicants.
  • Evidence of the applicant's ability to meet the required eligibility must later be provided in employee data collection (i.e. unemployment claim approval, recent printout of unemployment payment history and resume with last job information).
  • Wage subsidy would begin no sooner than date of hire of qualified employee(s), with consideration of retroactive application to September 1, 2020, until program end December 27, 2020. W9 with Federal Employer ID number required.
Training Consultation and Design
  • REV-Up! accelerated training plan will be discussed and designed for each individual employee covered under this program, in partnership with REV-Up! Technical Training Coordinator and Employer representatives.
  • The up-skilling core training will include a plan with 3 elements:
    • Online with use of 180 Skills
    • Hands-on and facilitated Applied Trainings with the CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC)
    • On-the-Job Training with a CCAT/REV-Up! provided Mentor
Monitoring and Compliance
  • Wage reimbursement processing will require invoicing with wage records due by November 20, December 11, and final submittal of hours worked no later than 3 pm on December 28.
  • Any other subsidies established for an employee will require additional forms and verification.
  • For continuous improvement, we will request your evaluation of the program launch, training feedback mid cycle by employee, and overall program evaluation in early January 2020.
  • We will contact you every 90 days after the REV-Up! program ends to obtain feedback on employee status, wage rate, retention and application of trainings learned to confirm impact of REV-Up! program on your organization.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Raicik, Workforce Pipeline Programs, at or 860-982-6637.

It is our goal to respond to all REV-Up! inquiries within 24 business hours, and to quickly set meetings to review program criteria, employer and employee eligibility, and begin to design customized training plans to help you successfully re-engage manufacturing talent!  CCAT received support for this project from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development.