Sarasota, Florida, and Seattle, Washington have been awarded grants to support on-the-job training in advanced manufacturing
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23rd, 2019) – Today, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced that two workforce collaboratives in its network will each receive $125,000 in grants for on-the-job training in high-demand advanced manufacturing skills.
The two-year investment, made possible by The Boeing Company, will provide support for participating employers to train new and incumbent workers in the skills needed to remain competitive. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees into positions with higher skills and higher wages. The program will prioritize racial and gender diversity in the workforce and will develop employer leaders who commit to building a sustainable career development system.
A total of five communities are participating in the program, with three having been selected in 2018.
“The National Fund is excited to expand this successful on-the-job training program,” said Dr. Pam Howze, director of work-based learning at the National Fund. “Since we started this Boeing-funded work in August 2018, 54 workers have successfully completed on-the-job training programs in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Wichita. We know we will have continued success in Sarasota and Seattle.”
Each local partner will design job training strategies tailored to their labor market, employer partners, and unique needs.
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative in Sarasota will use on-the-job training resources to mobilize new partnerships that will connect low-income populations with industry-recognized certifications and training and careers with livable wages.
Seattle-King Workforce Funders Collaborative, in partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, will use on-the-job training resources to connect underserved populations – especially young adults, women, and people of color – to advanced manufacturing jobs and registered apprenticeship training that lead to family-sustaining careers.
About The Boeing Company:
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. Boeing’s efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning, contributing to workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities.
Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.
About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions invests in a dynamic national network of 30+ communities taking a demand-driven, evidence-based approach to workforce development. At the local level, the National Fund’s partner organizations contribute resources, test ideas, collect data, and improve public policies and business practices that help all workers succeed and employers have the talent they need to compete. Leveraging the expertise of its local leaders, the National Fund shares learning across the network and identify trends, opportunities, and best practices. Together, the National Fund network is changing the conversation around workforce development to promote equity and drive greater impact. Learn more at www.NationalFund.org.