$5.4M in training grants awarded to 66 companies
$5.4 million in matching grants for private sector workforce training initiatives to benefit 66 Massachusetts companies
Beverly – Wednesday, April 9, 2013 – Continuing the Patrick Administration’s strategic investments in workforce training, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian today announced $5.4 million in Workforce Training Fund Grants during a visit to OnBrand24, Inc., a Beverly-based call center and previous grant recipient. These grants will enable 66 companies across the Commonwealth to customize training for 4,631 employees and create 453 new jobs over the next three years.
“The Workforce Training Fund is one of our most effective initiatives for supporting businesses in meeting the demands of a highly competitive regional and global economy by enhancing the skills of their employees,” said Secretary Kaprielian. “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 through the use of our training initiatives.”
This latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants builds on the Patrick Administration’s record investments in workforce training and education. Since 2007, the Administration has awarded $84.3 million through this grant program to 1,101 projects involving more than 1,191 businesses and 103,584 workers.
“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 Commonwealth Corporation which administers the funds for the Office of Labor and Workforce Development. "We are also interested in helping small businesses access the fund either individually or through collaborations with other businesses with similar needs.”
OnBrand24, Inc., an around-the-clock call center offering global services, received a training fund grant three years ago. Once its workforce was trained in customer service and lead generation skills, the company increased revenues by 40 percent and hired more than 100 workers. OnBrand24, Inc. will utilize more than $173,000 in new grant funding to train 155 workers and is expected to create an additional 20 new jobs.
“If we are going to grow domestically, and compete globally, we need to have the best trained, most productive workforce in the world,” said Mark Fichera, Owner and CEO of OnBrand24, Inc. “The Workforce Training Fund is an invaluable resource in the process toward achieving that goal and keeping jobs here in Massachusetts.”
“It’s great to see businesses on the North Shore and across the Commonwealth take advantage of state programs designed to develop their workforce and create jobs,” said Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Beverly). “Beverly’s OnBrand24, Inc. is just one example of how Workforce Training Fund grants can result in tremendous returns for a business and its local community.”
“These Workforce Training grants have a proven track record of providing businesses the resources to educate their employees in areas that not only produce professional development for the workers, but also result in increased productivity and job creation for the recipients of these grants,” said State Rep. Jerry Parisella (D-Beverly). “I appreciate the Governor’s support of these grants, and Secretary Kaprielian for taking the time to come to Beverly to highlight OnBrand’s success in growing its business on the North Shore.”
The Workforce Training Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 for Massachusetts companies to use over a two year period.
The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients announced today (listed by community), totaling $5,445,303:
To learn more about the Workforce Training Fund Program, visit www.mass.gov/wtfp.