The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced $6,846,496 in Workforce Training Fund grants to 87 Massachusetts companies. The grants, which support up to two years of training, will create 682 new jobs and train over 6,300 workers.
The Phia Group, LLC, a health care cost containment firm on Bay State Drive in Braintree was awarded $152,813, with 79 employees to be trained, and 10 additional jobs to be created as a result of training.
"We are focused on addressing the skills gap issue in the Commonwealth so that workers can compete in today’s ever-changing jobs market,” said Governor Deval Patrick. "The Workforce Training Fund focuses on the needs of both our businesses and workers, as Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in economic recovery.”
“The Workforce Training Fund continues to provide Massachusetts companies with the right resources to train employees and build a stronger and more effective workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “The program is another tool in the toolbox for businesses, and we look forward to seeing this funding support new jobs, increased work capacity, and business growth in regions across the Commonwealth.”
“It’s great to see the Workforce Training Fund programs back in full operation, with assured funding,” said Richard C. Lord, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “Employers of all sizes across the state are seeking improved productivity, and these grant programs are proven resources for advancing workforce skills.”
The companies are located in 66 cities and towns across the Commonwealth and training will be provided to employees in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and hospitality.
“We are committed to providing training to new and incumbent workers so that businesses will have the skilled workforce they need to thrive in the Massachusetts economy and employees develop the skill sets and expertise that leads to sustainable jobs,” said Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. “We continue to partner with Massachusetts employers so they can access the Workforce Training Fund which provides them with the resources to run training programs that ensure the viability and growth of businesses in the Commonwealth and a workforce that is top notch.”
The fiscal year 2012 budget established the Workforce Training Fund as a trust fund, allowing for collection and disbursement of funds as needed by businesses, rather than on an annual appropriation cycle.
“Businesses are welcome to contact us about grant workshops held across the Commonwealth to help educate businesses about this excellent resource,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Commonwealth Corporation. "We are delighted to see consortiums applying for grants together to fill needs that help a variety of workers.”