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Richards Design Inc Awarded Workforce Training Fund Grant

We are pleased to announce that Richards Design Inc has been awarded a Workforce Training Fund grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation and will fund the training of our staff towards the implementation of a quality management system that meets the requirements of AS9100D / ISO 9001:2015.

From The Official Press Release:

BROCKTON, MA — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $10 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants that will train more than 6,500 works and add an expected 1,361 new jobs by 2021.

The 96 grants awarded involve 133 companies from across the Commonwealth. These grants will fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention and increased opportunity for workers. Upskilling the local workforce helps Massachusetts businesses and entrepreneurs grow their businesses, become more productive and fuel a strong and resilient Bay State economy.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced awards totaling $10,104,345 in WTFP General Program Training Grants at Father Bill’s & MainSpring in Brockton, an organization that was awarded $73,000 to train eighty employees. 

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is a nonprofit human services provider and a leader in providing innovative programs to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. It has evolved from a single service provider of family and individual emergency shelters to a comprehensive regional service provider operating in 41 cities and towns. Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides evidence-based service models including homelessness prevention, eviction prevention, access to quality health and behavioral health care, access to childcare and after-school programs, rapid re-housing, healthy meals programs, supportive housing and job training programs.

As a result of today’s grant, Father Bill’s & MainSpring staff will take part in training that includes clinical skills, leadership development, operations management and technology training. 

“Our goal is to end homelessness, and this requires an innovative, forward-thinking approach to our work. That’s why we are committed to investing in our staff on the front lines who bring hope to our most vulnerable neighbors. Homelessness is a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all solution, and these trainings will better equip our staff with the tools needed to meet the unique needs of every individual, family and veteran who comes to our doors for help,” said John Yazwinski, President & CEO of Father Bill’s & MainSpring.

“The Workforce Training Fund Program empowers Massachusetts businesses to undertake the same kind of critical upskilling we have seen companies invest in over the past year,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Employers can get the skilled workforce they need to thrive, create opportunities for growth and remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy.”

“By funding training partnerships such as the Workforce Training Fund Program, employees do not have to enroll in outside classes to increase their earnings and advance in their careers, and employers can invest in their existing workforce in a tight labor market,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito.

The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, the quasi-public workforce development agency that runs the programs that teach people how to work, providing lifelong learning for careers of a lifetime. 

“The Workforce Training Fund is lifelong learning in action: customized training that is affordable, highly effective, and efficient in delivering the skills that employers seek in employees,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta. “Last fiscal year, the program continued its record of exceptional job growth. Employers that completed WTFP-funded training initiatives added jobs at eight times the state rate and four times the national rate.”

Since 2015, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded 809 grants totaling more than $80 million to train 60,000 workers from over 1,000 different Massachusetts businesses. This is expected to result in over 8,300 new jobs.

The Workforce Training Fund provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period. Grant recipients contribute a matching investment of at least one dollar for each grant-dollar awarded, with wages paid to trainees during training hours included in that investment.

In addition to the General Program grants, the WTFP also offers an Express Program that subsidizes up to 50 percent of the cost for pre-qualified courses chosen from a database, and a Small Business Direct Access Program that subsidizes 100 percent of the cost for pre-qualified courses in highest demand. Employers are encouraged to visit workforcetrainingfund.org to learn more and apply for grants.

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