SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
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iron workers j.a.t.c. local union 704 Awarded $50,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to Iron Workers J.A.T.C. Local Union 704 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The grant will provide training to 50 apprentices in welding, rigging, math, reinforcing steel, blue print reading, pre-cast concrete and scaffold erection.

"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.”

"The Apprenticeship Grants help companies invest in the future of their workers," said Commissioner Neeley.  "I am pleased to award this grant to Iron Workers J.A.T.C. Local Union 704."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding this grant in Hamilton County,” said Senator Andy Berke. 

“The Apprenticeship Grants are good for our economy, I appreciate this program to train apprentices in Hamilton County,” said Representative Tommie Brown.

The Southeast Tennessee Development District played a key role in awarding the grant to Iron Workers J.A.T.C. Local Union 704.

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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