BOSTON, MA — Last month, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of $6,896,286 in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) Grants to businesses for incumbent worker training projects across the Commonwealth.
Three Wilmington companies were awarded Workforce Training Fund Grants, including:
- Analog Devices was awarded $249,700 to train 540 workers by 2020.
- L3-SSG was awarded $238,905 to train 44 workers, with 23 additional jobs are expected by 2020.
- Monogram Foods was awarded $72,035 to train 35 workers, with 25 additional jobs are expected by 2020.
The mission of the WTFP is to promote job growth, job retention, and increased opportunity for workers by increasing business productivity, competitiveness, and the ability to do business in Massachusetts.
“We are excited to see these funds put to work helping to create around 400 new jobs and providing additional skills to over 4,500 workers that will help spur personal and economic growth for our families and communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“Workforce Training Fund grantees have added jobs at more than double the statewide average. The 68 companies receiving grants are helping to close high demand skills gaps in the Commonwealth and are providing their employees with the skills and training they need to thrive in the 21st century economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito.
The Workforce Training Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period.
The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta, noted, “These grants have been particularly effective at helping our manufacturing sector, which in 2017 added jobs for the first time in 17 years, as well as industries like Professional, Business, and Scientific Services, which gained 46,900 jobs since 2015.”
The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations.
“At Commonwealth Corporation we have the distinct honor of working with some of the most innovative groups of employers in Massachusetts. These grantees are helping to ensure that our state remains not just the most educated but also the best trained workforce in the country,” said Commonwealth Corporation President J.D. LaRock.
The announcement was made at New City Microcreamery, a recent grantee which was selected for this event for their dedication to revitalizing downtown Hudson and their innovative use of Open Books Solutions as a means to higher quality jobs in the culinary industry.
Jason Kleinerman, Co-Owner of New City Microcreamery and Less Than Zero, remarked, “The Workforce Training Fund Program provides an opportunity to increase the financial and business skills of our team. We are confident it will result in increased profits and more opportunity for our employees. It will also help to grow the impact we are making on our community and the lives of our employees.”
Since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded more than 470 grants totaling over $47.7 million to train more than 34,000 workers from over 600 different Massachusetts businesses. This is expected to result in over 4,000 new jobs.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation hopes to encourage businesses to address workforce training needs through the Workforce Training Fund Program. Interested parties are encouraged to visit WorkforceTrainingFund.org to learn more.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Governor’s Office.)
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