FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 18, 2008
(615) 741-2257
 


GOVERNOR AWARDS GRANT TO
HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS APPRENTICESHIP

$42,162 FOR APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAM

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $42,162 to the International Heat and Frost Insulators, J.A.T.C. Local 86 to train 37 apprentices.  The training will include codes and specs, construction safety, blueprints, fundamental insulation, and applied math.  The grant will also provide the workers with apprentice tool starter kits.

“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 for apprentice training,” 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."

“I commend the Governor and Commissioner for helping local unions with training grants,” said Senator Joe Haynes.  “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 Mike Turner.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant for this program”

The Nashville Career Advancement Center was instrumental in awarding the grant to International Heat and Frost Insulators, J.A.T.C. Local 86.

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