NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $11,000 to Porcelain Industries Inc., in Dickson, Tenn. to train 10 employees as spray technicians in porcelain enamel coating.
“I am pleased to award this grant for skills training,” said Governor Bredesen. “These funds help companies provide the training they need to remain competitive and move Tennessee forward in providing more skilled workers and higher paying jobs.”
Over the past five years the Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $8.1 million, benefiting 314 companies across Tennessee. As a result of those grants, 31,998 workers have been trained, saving jobs and preventing some companies from downsizing or moving out of the state.
"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "I am proud to award this grant money for the workers of Dickson County.
“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to Porcelain Industries, Inc.,” said Senator Doug Jackson. “This will help keep Dickson County workers employed and help improve our economy.”
“The Incumbent Worker grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Representative David Shepard. “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant to this Dickson County employer and helping to improve our economy.”
Workforce Essentials played a key role in awarding the grant to Porcelain Industries Inc.
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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