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COVENTRYâ€”Three local companies were awarded thousands of dollars in grant money from the Governorâ€™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 â€śoverwhelmingâ€ť interest in the program convinced the board to approve another $800,000.
â€śThe robust response in requests for matching training dollars is proof that RI employers are increasing their investment in training,â€ť 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.
â€śThe 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,â€ť 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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