BOSTON, MA — The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced that more than $10 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants have been awarded to train 5,698 employees from 95 Massachusetts employers. These grants are expected to result in the creation of 1,540 additional jobs by 2023.
WTFP is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations. Since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration, WTFP has awarded more than $146 million to train more than 113,000 workers from over 4,200 Massachusetts businesses.
Three Wilmington businesses received Workforce Training Fund Program Grants:
- American Refrigeration Company was awarded $209,591 to train 131 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2023.
- Analog Devices was awarded $247,120 to train 155 by 2023.
- Spectra Medical Devices was awarded $94,500 to train 48 workers; 18 additional jobs are expected by 2023.
“When employers across the Commonwealth invest in the continued development of their workforce, employees build skills that strengthen their acumen, our business community and the greater economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through programs like WTFP, this Administration continues to show its commitment to workforce development as a way to benefit both employees and employers.”
Funded by Massachusetts employers via contributions made to unemployment insurance, the Workforce Training Fund helps companies improve productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to invest in the Massachusetts workforce. In partnership with EOLWD, Commonwealth Corporation reviews and awards training grants of up to $250,000 to Massachusetts businesses and consortia of businesses to fund training for current and newly hired employees.
“These 84 WTFP grants will help encourage job growth and employee retention by providing professional skill building opportunities for workers,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I applaud the dedication of these employers in their efforts to provide positive learning opportunities for their employees.”
“This is a significant round of grant awards that will positively impact career pathways for more than 5,000 workers across the Commonwealth,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “Our regional workforce strategy is rapidly growing as we continue to collaborate with business, training, and community partners. Additional grant opportunities are available now and I encourage others to participate.”