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Two members receive skilled trades training funds

CRW Plastics USA Inc. and Thai Summit America Corp. are among the companies receiving training funds from Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency as part of the new Skilled Trades Training Fund program. CRW Plastics received $95,000, and Thai summit received $90,035.

The program provides funding for employer-led training projects in an effort to better align talent with employer needs. A variety of training options are available, including traditional classroom, apprenticeship, and customized training programs. The program is available for any occupation where there is a documented talent need.

A total of $10 million has been allocated for the Fiscal Year 2014 Skilled Trades Training Fund program. Grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until all funds are committed. As of November 22, the Workforce Development agency reported $5.7 million of the $10 million allocation has been committed.

“These training funds will improve our local economy by helping companies  increase the skills of their current and future employees,” said William Sleight, director of Livingston County Michigan Works! “We are pleased that we can help these companies address their talent needs.”

Other companies interested in applying for these funds should do so quickly, Sleight said.

“We expect that the entire $10 million state allocation will be committed soon,” he said. “However, even when these funds are gone, Michigan Works! will continue to have access to other resources to help companies find and develop their workforce.”

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