Manufacturing consortium partners with Tarrant County College for job-training grant
POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:59am
UPDATED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:23am
AUSTIN, TX (TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION) — A manufacturing consortium has partnered with Tarrant County College to provide job training using an $889,886 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The businesses partnering in the grant include Alexander’s Machine and Maintenance Service Co. Inc., Four Seasons Inc., Grover Corp. and Lear Operations Corp.
The grant will be used to train 581 new and incumbent workers through a customized curriculum that will allow the business partners to keep pace with new and emerging manufacturing technologies. Those trained will include assemblers, materials handlers and machine operators. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $21.29.
“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”
From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2013, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 300,456 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,971 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated nearly $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2014-15 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.