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Local firms get money for training

March 24, 2014

Concordia Fibers, LLC. in Anthony was awarded a grant for training. Inside the plant, machines used to manufacture various types of fiber can be seen. File Photo.

COVENTRY—Three local companies were awarded thousands of dollars in grant money from the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) Rhode Island to assist them in improving their employees skills through training programs.

The GWB recently allocated $1.5 million in Incumbent Worker Training grants to 4,775 employees at 68 Rhode Island-based companies.

In January, the Request for Proposals (RFP) from the board stated that $700,000 in grant funding would be awarded to various companies in April, but “overwhelming” interest in the program convinced the board to approve another $800,000.

“The robust response in requests for matching training dollars is proof that RI employers are increasing their investment in training,” said Governor Lincoln Chafee.

These grants offer matching funds ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to businesses throughout the state to upgrade the skills of their employees and were available to both for-profit and non-profit companies that contribute to the Job Development Fund.

Many of the 68 businesses that received the money were first time applicants, said Constance Howes, GWB Chairwoman.

“The number of first-time grant applicants in this round shows that more employers are learning what the GWB can do to help build their business,” she added.

Locally, Concordia Manufacturing, LLC of Coventry received $9,600 to train 14 employees, Rhodes Pharmaceuticals of Coventry received $19,900 to train 25 employees and Guill Tool and Engineering Company of West Warwick received $25,679 to train 38 employees.

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