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Five NH Companies to Receive Grants to Train 230 Workers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Governor John Lynch has announced that five New Hampshire companies were awarded Job Training grants in February, which will help to train 230 New Hampshire workers in the new skills that workers and businesses need to compete. The grants, which are matched by the companies, total more than $130,000.

nh-job-training-fundJob Training grants are aimed at keeping good jobs in New Hampshire by helping companies train their workers with new skills to compete in a changing economy. Governor Lynch made it a priority to reinstate the Job Training Fund, which distributes up to $2 million annually in matching grants to allow companies to train new workers or retrain longtime employees.

Since the Job Training Fund was reinstated in late 2007, more than 8,900 workers from across New Hampshire have received training and enhanced skills through the matching grant program.

“With New Hampshire positioned as a national leader in economic recovery, it’s clear our economic strategy is making a difference. That strategy includes ensuring we continue to have a highly skilled, educated workforce in New Hampshire,” Governor Lynch said. “By making wise investments in our workers, companies have the workforce needed to compete, to grow and to locate here in New Hampshire.”

The February 2011 recipients of the Job Training grants are General Electric in Hooksett; Rapid Sheet Metal of Nashua; Sky-Scan, Inc., in Nashua; Altronics Manufacturing of Hudson; and Wiggins Airways in Manchester.

Since the Job Training Fund was re-established, companies from across New Hampshire have received state grants totaling more than $3 million. Companies receiving grants have contributed more than $5.4 million, bringing the total amount invested in new training for workers to over $8.6 million.

For more information about the Job Training Fund, go to www.nhjobtrainingfund.org.