Governor Awards $381,562 in Job Training Grants across State

Friday, December 05, 2008 | 02:27 pm
13 Companies Awarded Grants, Training More Than 500 Employees
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have recently awarded $381,562 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 $5.7 million to assist more than 22,000 employees.

“With the current economy, job training is essential to keep employees and companies competitive," said Governor Bredesen.   "Our goal is to keep jobs in Tennessee and upgrade the skills of our workers."

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.
1.      Cosmolab, Inc.
4.      Frito-Lay Inc.
6.      Jackson Kayak, Inc.
7.      Miller Industries
9.      TRW Fuji Valve Inc.
13. Ideal
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