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Governor Awards Wayne Co. Company Job Training Grant

Friday, June 07, 2013 | 05:09am


NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $6,616 to The Bank of Waynesboro.

“If Tennessee is going to become the number one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, then we must offer a well-trained workforce to employers,” said Governor Haslam. “This kind of training grant not only helps educate workers, but also provides incentive to employers looking to relocate or expand in Tennessee.”

“Incumbent Worker Grants assist in both job creation and retention for Tennesseans,” said Commissioner Phillips.  “Since the program’s inception, Incumbent Worker Training grants have assisted more than 600 businesses by providing $14 million to train approximately 50,000 employees.”

In their application for the grant, The Bank of Waynesboro stated this grant ensures employees will continue to grow and expand theirknowledge and enhance their abilities. This training will make employees more productive in their duties, enabling them to improve performance allowing for the company to be more competitive.

“I would like to thank Governor Haslam and Commissioner Phillips for their involvement in awardingthis grant to the workers of Wayne County,” said Senator Joey Hensley. 

“By investing in the skills of Tennessee’s workforce, we’re also investing in our future economic success,” said Representative Vance Dennis.

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grant to The Bank of Waynesoboro.

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 criteriamust be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employersmust 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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