NATIONAL LUMBER AWARDED TRAINING FUNDS
Mansfield, MA - January 3, 2013 - As reported by Wicked Local, the state has awarded National Lumber $79,250 in workforce training grants to train 79 workers and create six new positions.
Maria Fratiello, Director of Human Resources, and John Intravaia, Vice President of Operations, worked for a year and a half to get these grant funds. Training classes start Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in the 245 Oakland Street training room and will continue for the next 18 months.
In all, the state has awarded $6.85 million in workforce training grants to 87 Massachusetts companies, including two businesses located in Mansfield. The money supports up to two years of training, creates 682 new jobs and trains over 6,300 workers.
“We are focused on addressing the skills gap issue in the Commonwealth so that workers can compete in today’s ever-changing jobs market,” Governor Deval Patrick said Thursday.
The fiscal year 2012 budget established the Workforce Training Fund as a trust fund, allowing for collection and disbursement of funds as needed by businesses, rather than on an annual appropriation cycle.
The companies are located in 66 cities and towns across the Commonwealth and training will be provided to employees in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and hospitality.
This project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund grant through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.