Governor’s Workforce Board Awards $1.5 million to Train nearly 5,000 Employees

CRANSTON, RI – The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) Rhode Island has awarded $1.5 million in Incumbent Worker Training grants to improve the skills of 4,775 employees at 68 Rhode Island-based companies.

January’s Request for Proposals had allocated $700,000 in grant funding to be awarded this April, but overwhelming interest in the program prompted the Board to approve an additional $800,000, which will be available July 1st. Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said, “The robust response in requests for matching training dollars is proof that RI employers are increasing their investment in training.”

Incumbent Worker Training grants are competitive grants that offer matching funds to businesses to upgrade the skills of their employees. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $40,000. The funds are available to all Rhode Island for-profit and not-for-profit businesses that contribute to the Job Development Fund.

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