FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


GOVERNOR AWARDS TRAINING GRANT TO PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS UNION
$50,000 FOR PRE-APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAM

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572 to train up to 50 pre-apprentice candidates.  The grant will assist in filling the shortage of qualified pipe trades professionals.

“It is vital for Tennessee workers to continually train and upgrade their skills so our state can remain 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 the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Since July 1, 2007, the Workforce Development Division has obligated $1.5 million to train more than 5,000 Tennessee workers.”

“I commend the Governor and Commissioner for helping local unions with training grants,” said Senator Thelma Harper.  “This type of grant is an integral part of the Governor’s special emphasis on job development in our state.”

“Training grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Representative Rob Briley.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant for pre-apprenticeship training and helping to improve our economy.”

The Nashville Career Advancement Center was instrumental in awarding the grant to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572.


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