West Palm Beach, Fla (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Workforce Alliance, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County, is offering $6.3 million in grants to help local companies train and retain workers, as well as scholarships to help employees update their skills or train for a new career in a high-demand field.
"Workforce Alliance knows businesses and employees alike must advance their job skills to compete in today's global economy, and we have more than doubled the amount available for training grants this program year to assist employers, employees and job seekers," said Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of Workforce Alliance. "The grants will help fuel the growth of job opportunities and boost the local economy overall."
Training grants offered by Workforce Alliance include:
Employed Worker Training for existing employees: This grant program provides funding for companies to upgrade employees’ skills with the intent of advancing their wages and positions, and to assist them in retaining jobs that provide self-sufficient employment. For-profit and nonprofit businesses and organizations may apply and must:
- Be in operation for a minimum of one year prior to the application date
- Have at least one full-time employee who is not related to the owner
- Have a "bricks and mortar" location
On-the-Job Training for new employees: On-the-Job Training reimburses employers for hiring, training and retaining new employees who do not have all the needed skills to perform their jobs effectively.
A percentage of a new employee's wages are reimbursed to the employer during the training period. Program guidelines apply.
Individual Training Accounts for job seekers: Through this grant, job seekers can receive training to acquire new job skills, or improve their current job skills, that will lead to a better job or a new career. Scholarships are based on applicant eligibility and are limited to the availability of training funds. They can be used at any of the more than 40 local colleges, schools or training providers approved by Workforce Alliance. Click here for a list of those institutions. Training that is funded by Workforce Alliance scholarships must lead to a job that is in high demand in Palm Beach County. For up-to-date labor market information, including a list of the Top 10 in-demand occupations in Palm Beach County, (Workforce Region 21) visit employflorida.com.
Last year, Workforce Alliance awarded approximately $2.5 million in training incentives to Palm Beach County employers and job seekers.
Businesses interested in applying for training grants should contact Katherine Bonner, Workforce Alliance program funding manager, at 561-340-1060, ext. 2344, or send an email to kbonner(at)pbcalliance(dot)com. Individuals interested in training scholarships through Individual Training Accounts should contact any of the career centers in Palm Beach County.
Workforce Alliance provides a wide range of employment and job training services for all job seekers and employers in Palm Beach County. Most services are provided at no cost. More information is available on the company's website at http://www.pbcalliance.com , and at the three Workforce Alliance Career Centers:
Central Career Center - 1951 N. Military Trail, Suite D, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561) 340-1060
South Career Center - 951 Yamato Road, Suite 175, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 853-0181
West Career Center - 1085 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561) 829-2040