PATRICK ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVES AND ANNOUNCES LATEST ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING FOR MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES
$3.7 million in matching grants complement private sector workforce training initiatives to benefit over 3,273 employees at 43 Massachusetts companies
CHARLTON – Monday, December 9, 2013 – Continuing with the Patrick Administration’s strategic investments in workforce training initiatives, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein today announced $3.7 million in Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants during a visit to INCOM, a Charlton-based manufacturer and previous grant recipient. In total, today’s announced grants will provide for the training of 3,273 current and newly hired employees at 39 companies across the Commonwealth. The grants, which are for up to two years, serve as a resource for businesses to increase the skill set of their incumbent employees and provide valuable training to the workers. As a result of these awarded grants, participating companies expect to create 242 new jobs by the end of 2015.
“We continue to promote the Workforce Training Fund because it is an effective model that encourages the business community to train and retrain employees, helping Massachusetts companies stay competitive in today’s global and innovative economy,” said Secretary Goldstein. “Over the last several years, we have seen many companies succeed thanks to these training grants and we look forward to more companies growing and excelling as a result of these grants and training initiatives.”
Today’s announcement supports companies located in 32 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Of the 39 awarded grants, one is a technical assistance grants, a type of planning grant awarded to organizations preparing to implement workforce training grants and initiatives. Additionally, 3 grants were awarded to consortium projects involving multiple employers with common training needs.
This latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Patrick Administration in recent years. Since 2007, the Administration has awarded $74.6 million through the Workforce Training Fund in General Program Training Grants to 999 projects involving more than 1,052 businesses. As a result of this funding, 94,836 workers have been or will be trained across a broad range of industries. Today’s announced funding is the latest round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will further support initiatives to enhance skills for employees in sectors including: Manufacturing; Finance and Insurance; Information; Accommodation and Food Services; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Transportation and Warehousing; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; and other services.
“We encourage businesses, regardless of size, to contact us to learn more about the Workforce Training Fund and how this resource can help them address their business needs,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of EOLWD’s Commonwealth Corporation. "We are also interested in helping small businesses access the fund through consortiums that can be organized by third party workforce and training organizations.”
“If we are going to manufacture domestically, and compete globally, we need to have the best trained, most productive workforce in the world,” said Michael Detarando, INCOM President & CEO. “The Workforce Training Fund is an invaluable resource in the process toward achieving that goal and keeping manufacturing jobs here in Massachusetts.”
“The manufacturing sector is an important component of the Southern Central Massachusetts economy,” said Senator Richard T. Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus. “Workforce development is critical to sustaining this industry, and keeping businesses in Massachusetts, especially as current employees age and jobs open up. Future candidates must be trained to fulfill those positions, and these grants will go a long way to fulfill that need.”
The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients announced today (listed by city/town), totaling $3,772,716:
Projected Number of Employees to be Trained
New Jobs Expected to be Created
Belt Technologies Inc.
CONTROLLER SERVICE & SALES CO INC.
L-3 COMMUNICATIONS ESSCO INC.
HAMPTON INN AND SUITES CROSSTOWN
HOLLISTER ASSOCIATES, INC.
Spalding Tougias Architects joins CHOO & COMPANY, INC. of Quincy for a consortium grant.
GTR MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
ZOAR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RESORT, INC.
KETTLE CUISINE LLC
DUVAL PRECISION GRINDING, INC.
Maybury Material Handling
NEW ENGLAND DIE CUTTING / AMERICAN EMI SOLUTIONS
IWAKI AMERICA WALCHEM
Massachusetts AFL-CIO Workforce Development Programs, Inc.
(technical assistance grant)
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. ASDD
MARLBOROUGH SAVINGS BANK
3M TOUCH SYSTEMS INC
CRANE STATIONERY joins CRANE TECHNICAL MATERIALS, INC. of Dalton for a consortium grant.
To learn more about the Workforce Training Fund Program, visit www.mass.gov/wtfp.