AUGUST 6, 2008
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hutchinson FTS AWARDED $49,960

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $49,960 to Hutchinson FTS in Livingston, Tenn. Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs associated with skills upgrades for their employees. Over the past three years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $5.7 million to assist more than 22,000 employees.

"Job training to upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s workers is one of the best things we can do for our economy," said Governor Bredesen.   "Now more than ever, it is important to continue training our workforce to keep employees and companies nationally and globally competitive."

"The Incumbent Worker Grants help companies invest in the future of their workers," said Commissioner Neeley.  "I am pleased to award this grant to Hutchinson FTS.  More than 130 employees will benefit from automation, advanced business application and lean leadership training."

“I’m pleased Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley awarded this grant in Overton County,” said Senator Charlotte Burks. 

“I know the workers of Hutchinson FTS will benefit greatly from this training grant,” said Representative John Mark Windle.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grant to Hutchinson FTS.

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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