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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MAY 29, 2008
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GOVERNOR AWARDS KNOXVILLE
HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS J.A.C. APPRENTICESHIP GRANT

local 46 awarded $50,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded a $50,000 federal grant to the International Heat and Frost Insulators J.A.C. Local 46 in Knoxville.  The grant will provide training to 45 apprentices in fundamentals of insulation, applied math, hazardous waste and asbestos abatement training as well as other apprentice hands on training.

The apprenticeship grants come from federal funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor under the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1999 which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

"It is vital to continually train and upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s workforce to keep our state competitive," said Governor Bredesen. "Apprenticeship training grants are a valuable resource to help meet the demands for skilled labor in Tennessee and help businesses become more productive.”

"I am proud to award this federal grant money for the International Heat and Frost Insulators, Local 46, J.A.C.," said Commissioner Neeley.  "Since January 1st of this year the Workforce Development Division has awarded more than $400,000 in this pilot program for apprenticeship training, benefiting close to 320 apprentices across the state."

 

 “I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neely for awarding this federal grant to the International Heat and Frost Insulators in Knoxville,” said Senator Tim Burchett.  “The Apprenticeship Assistance program will help our state continue to remain competitive with the rest of the nation.”

 

“This grant program is a benefit to our economy,” said Representative Harry Tindell.  “I applaud the Governor and Department of Labor for creating this program for apprenticeship training.”

 

Workforce Connections played a key role in awarding the grant to the International Heat and Frost Insulators J.A.C.

 

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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