From the office of state Senator James Timilty.
The Governor’s office in conjunction with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, have announced this year’s recipients of Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants, administered by the Commonwealth Corporation. A total of $2,807, 458 was distributed amongst 37 programs in 30 cities and towns with the aim of creating over 260 jobs in two years.
Senator Jim Timilty (D-Walpole) who represents the Bristol and Norfolk, the Senate district with the highest number of awardees, praised the Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants. “Professional development is always beneficial. Giving people the opportunity to advance their skillsets is a gift to the employees that strengthens the company as a whole. I am thrilled to see these local manufacturers and businesses being recognized for the great work they are doing and for looking to further the education of their workforces,” Timilty said.
Over $260,000 was awarded to companies in the Bristol and Norfolk District. The Foxboro-based office of the Dorel Juvenile Group received $162,260 which will allow for over 100 current employees to attend trainings that will result in five new anticipated jobs.
Employees across the state will benefit from these grants for training programs until 2015. Since 2007, $54.6 million has been given out in 722 providing resources to train over 66,000 people working in the manufacturing industry. There a variety of types of grants available through this initiative that hopes to benefit businesses involved with finance, engineering and hospitality. This round of award recipients will train over 3,100 people.