Governor Awards $225,996 in Job Training Grants Across State

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | 03:49 pm

13 Companies Awarded Grants, Training 700 Employees

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have recently awarded $225,996 in job training grants to 13 companies across the state. Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs associated with skills upgrades for their employees. Over the past three years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $10 million to assist more than 37,000 employees.
 "Job training to upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s workers is one of the best things we can do for our economy," said Governor Bredesen. "Now more than ever, it is important to continue training our workforce to keep employees and companies competitive."
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.
Below is a list of the thirteen companies awarded training grants.