Associated Industries of Massachusetts congratulates 15 member employers who won Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants from the commonwealth yesterday.
The AIM-member employers were among 87 companies and training organizations that will share in more than $8.9 million to improve the skills of more than 7,500 existing and newly hired employees.
“With each opportunity to provide more training, skills and education, we are providing our residents and companies located here the ability to remain competitive in a global marketplace,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As we work to close the workforce skills gap and ensure our workforce remains among the strongest in the nation, these grants will provide an important level of support and training.”
The Workforce Training Fund provides grants up to $250,000 to companies of any size in Massachusetts to pay for workforce training over a two-year period. Grants are awarded to projects that will upgrade workers skills, increase the productivity and competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses, and create jobs. Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by the recipients.
Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM and Chair of the Workforce Training Fund Program Advisory Board, said developing highly trained employees is essential to succeeding in the competitive Massachusetts economy.
“Employers across the commonwealth place a high value on having a highly skilled workforce,” Lord said. “I am pleased to see more businesses taking advantage of the Workforce Training Fund, which is an important tool for making Massachusetts businesses more competitive by investing in the skills of their workers.”
AIM members receiving grants were:
- RH White Companies, Inc., Auburn, was awarded $118,730 to train 188 workers; 20 additional jobs anticipated by 2017.
- Legal Sea Foods LLC, Boston, was awarded $163,200 to train 28 workers; six additional jobs are anticipated by 2017.
- AliMed, Inc., Dedham, was awarded $133,610 to train 202 workers; six additional jobs are anticipated by 2017.
- Westside Finishing Company, Inc., Holyoke, was awarded $112,801 to train 45 workers; two additional jobs are anticipated by 2017.
- RPP Corporation, Lawrence, was awarded $96,200 to train 100 workers; eight additional jobs are anticipated by 2017.
- MACOM, Lowell, was awarded $247,200 to train 205 workers; eight additional jobs are anticipated expect by 2017.
- Trip Advisor Holdings LLC, Needham, was awarded $230,000 to train 450 workers; 44 additional jobs are anticipated by 2017.
- Palmer Foundry, Palmer, was awarded $96,512 to train 58 workers; six additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Atrenne Computing Solutions, Randolph, was awarded $96,260 to train 134 workers; four additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Solar Seal, South Easton, was awarded $86,670 to train 106 workers; four additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Artisan Industries, Inc., Stoughton, was awarded $224,400 to train 74 workers; five additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Mestek, Inc., Westfield, was awarded $103,709 to train 30 workers; two additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Westfield Electroplating Company, Inc., Westfield, was awarded $82,000 to train 58 workers; two additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Lytron, Inc., Woburn, was awarded $247,540 to train 120 workers; three additional jobs are expected by 2017.
- Peterson Party Center, Woburn, was awarded $219,590 to train 259 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2017.