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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 22, 2008
(615) 741-2257


GOVERNOR AWARDS ANDERSON CO. APPRENTICESHIP GRANT
B&W Y-12, LLC AWARDED $50,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to B&W Y-12, LLC in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Fifty participants will receive training in the following programs: air conditioning and refrigeration, boilermaker, blacksmith, carpentry, electrical, insulation, iron work and rigging, pipefitters, painters and welding.

"It is vital to continually train and upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s existing workforce to keep our state economically competitive," said Governor Bredesen. "Apprenticeship training grants are valuable resources to help meet the demands for skilled labor in Tennessee and help businesses become more productive.”

"I am proud to award this grant money to B&W Y-12," said Commissioner Neeley.  "In the last five years the Workforce Development Division has awarded more than $8.1 million to train close to 32,000 workers across the state."

“Training grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Senator Randy McNally.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant for apprenticeship training and helping to improve our economy.”

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neely for awarding this grant to B&W Y-12, LLC,” said Representative Jim Hackworth.  “The trainees in this field will benefit greatly and so will the employers who hire them.”

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grant to B&W Y-12, LLC.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Apprenticeship Assistance Program.  The program is designed to help bring valuable skills training for the building trades and other skills related jobs in high-growth industries that face critical skilled worker shortages where demand exceeds supply.  The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Apprenticeship Assistance Program. Organizations or employers must be recognized by the US/DOL Office of Apprenticeship and have an active apprenticeship program in Tennessee.  Funding priority is given to organizations that promote training in pre-apprenticeship and 1st and 2nd year apprentices where there are critical skilled worker shortages.

 
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