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Grants help workers train for Boston jobs

Posted on June 3, 2019

A round of grants is helping boost workers and assist them in training for Boston jobs.

More than $1.49 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants that will fund training for 1,141 workers and are expected to create 223 new jobs over the next two years were announced today by the Baker-Polito Administration.

The 12 awarded grants involving 20 companies will fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention, and increased opportunity for workers by enhancing businesses’ productivity and their ability to grow their business in Massachusetts.

The Administration announced this round of $1,491,532 in WTFP General Program Training Grants at MacDiarmid Machine in Newburyport. The company provides precision CNC (Computer Numeric Control) state-of-the-art machining and has grown over the last three decades into a 6,000 square foot facility with a wide variety of equipment. Its workers are undergoing WTFP funded training focused on updating quality management systems, so that the company can upgrade its certifications and prepare for growth opportunities in the aerospace and medical devices sectors.

Approximately $6 million is currently available for additional Workforce Training Fund grants. Businesses are encouraged to visit WorkforceTrainingFund.org to learn more about how to use these grants to address workforce training needs.

“These investments keep our businesses at the forefront of new and emerging industries, create jobs and opportunity across Massachusetts, and allow our small businesses to remain competitive in a dynamic global market,” said Governor Charlie Baker.