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Local companies awarded job training grants

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Mt. Juliet's Ozburn Hessey Logistics and Lochinvar LLC in Lebanon were awarded $25,000 each in incumbent worker training grants last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

In their application for the grant, Ozburn Hessey stated the grant would train employees on the skills of job instruction, methods improvement and leadership. Lochinvar LLC said the grant would train workers in SAP Finance & Accounting, manufacturing, reporting/analytics, human resources, logistics, planning and warehouse management. The Nashville Career Advancement Center played a key role in awarding both grants.

The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT) is a competitive grant program that provides funding to help eligible Tennessee businesses stay competitive through skills upgrades and process improvement training for existing full-time employees.

"So far this year, we have awarded more than $509,000 in incumbent worker grants to 27 Tennessee businesses benefiting 1,055 workers," Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips remarked. "Since the program's inception, incumbent worker grants have assisted 700 businesses by providing nearly $17 million to train approximately 55,000 employees."

In order to qualify for IWT, employers must 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.

"By helping employers throughout the state provide the necessary training and education for their employees, Tennessee companies can remain competitive in an ever-changing marketplace," Gov. Bill Haslam said.

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development administers IWT. According to a news release issued by the department, the program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business' training objectives. The business may use public, private or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

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