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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JANUARY 11, 2007
(615) 741-2257
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GOVERNOR AWARDS COVINGTON COMPANY JOB TRAINING GRANT
UNILEVER-SLIM FAST FOODS TENNESSEE AWARDED $21,685

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $21,685 to Unilever-Slim Fast Foods in Tipton County, Tennessee . Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs and averting possible layoffs. Over the past three years the Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $5.9 million to assist more than 24,000 employees.

“The Incumbent Worker Training Grants are fundamental in assisting the growth of Tennessee’s economy,” said Governor Bredesen. “This grant will assist this company in staying competitive and increase the skills of its employees.”

“I am pleased Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the Incumbent Worker grant to Unilever-Slim Fast Foods,” said Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. “This will help keep Tipton County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job,” said Commissioner Neeley. “Not only will this company benefit from the grant, but the communities of Tipton County will benefit as well."

The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grant to Unilever-Slim Fast Foods.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program.

The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.



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