Governor Announces $400,000 in Training Grants

first_imgGovernor Announces $400,000 Training GrantFunds Will Help 1,000 Vermonters Improve SkillsBURLINGTON, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas has announced the award of more than $400,000 in training funds to help Vermont workers improve their skill and make their employers more competitive.At a ceremony celebrating Vermont Business Magazine’s 5 x 5 x5 Growth Awards yesterday, Douglas announced the Vermont Training Program contract with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center for $409,150.”This money will help train 1,000 employees in ‘lean’ techniques for both manufacturing and healthcare,” Douglas said. “This kind of investment in Vermont’s workforce will help them access high-skill, high-wage jobs; it will help employers be more competitive in the global marketplace; and it will help contain health care costs.”The non-profit Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), headquartered on the campus of Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, will provide the training through public workshops, forums, and other onsite instruction.Last year, with the help of a similar grant and other funds, VMEC trained 3,181 Vermonters through a combination of public workshops and onsite training. That included 42 public workshops – 37 in manufacturing and 5 in lean health care – and 11 forums, 10 on manufacturing and the first lean health care forum.Some 99 different manufacturers and 18 health care or other organizations took advantage of the training offered by VMEC, which was one of the sponsors of the 5 x 5 x 5 Growth Awards.The Vermont Training Program, part of the Vermont Department of Economic Development, provides funding to companies for customized on-the-job, classroom, skills upgrade, or other specialized training for employees. Last year the Vermont Training Program provided training to nearly 5,000 employees at more than 80 firms in Vermont.”Working with partners like the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, this program helps our workforce and our companies grow and prosper,” Douglas said.-30-last_img read more

Staples Center arena workers to be paid during coronavirus cancellations

first_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant The Lakers and Clippers have also told game-night employees that they will continue to compensate them through the NBA hiatus. This includes employees such as team statisticians, announcers and dance teams. Both franchises have asked employees to work from home if possible.On Friday afternoon, Staples Center donated 7,000 pounds of food that would have been wasted because of the lack of events. Donations were made to both The Midnight Mission and the L.A. Mission Men’s Center, both located in downtown Los Angeles.Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead The busiest hub in Los Angeles pro sports won’t host any games for at least the next month. But its employees can expect a paycheck.The Lakers, Clippers, Kings and AEG are finalizing details of a plan that would compensate the hundreds of part-time and contract workers who staff Staples Center’s biggest events. It’s a measure that could help allay concerns that the most vulnerable workers will keep a steady income during NBA, NHL and event shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak.Two people with knowledge of the pending arrangement confirmed to Southern California News Group that an announcement was forthcoming. The Lakers, Clippers and Kings are tenants of the building, which is owned by AEG.It’s likely to cover event staff, such as ushers and security personnel who are well known at the arena for their red blazers.center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more