Several Attleboro area employers are receiving state grants to enhance training of their workers.
Celebrating October as Manufacturing Month, the Baker-Polito Administration this week announced the awarding of $11.9 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants to 121 Massachusetts companies for the training of an estimated 7,000 workers and creating over 1,000 projected new jobs.
Local grant recipients are:
Accutech Packaging, of Foxboro, $135,240 to train 92 workers; five additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.
Technical Support International, of Foxboro, $89,665 to train 27 workers; two additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.
Charles A. Richardson, of Mansfield, $19,000 to train 10 workers; two additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.
Capstan Atlantic, of Wrentham, $136,450 to train 252 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.
MAS Building & Bridge, of Norfolk, $116,830 to train 38 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.
“The evolving manufacturing sector and new, innovative technology continues to provide successful careers for Massachusetts’ workforce to support their families,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We are excited to see these funds put to work creating over 1,000 new jobs and providing additional manufacturing skills to 7,000 workers that spur personal and economic growth for our families and communities.”
“This program is a highly effective catalyst for job creation in manufacturing and we look forward to the growth in skills and success for these 121 companies and their employees,” Lt. Gov. Karen Polito added. “Workforce Training Fund grantees have added jobs at more than double the statewide average, helping to close high demand skills gaps in the Commonwealth and provide new jobs for residents.”
The Workforce Training Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period. Grants are awarded to projects that will upgrade workers’ skills, increase productivity, and enhance the competitiveness of businesses. Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by the award recipients.
The training fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations.
Since the beginning of the Baker Administration, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded more than 400 grants totaling over $43 million to train more than 31,000 workers from over 600 different businesses. This is expected to result in over 3,700 new jobs.