The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has $111,000 in Employee Development Training Grants to award to companies who want to train their current employees. Funded by the federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act, the grants must be used to provide training to employees to retain a skilled workforce or avert the need for layoffs.
Preference is given to in-demand industries, such as information technology and cyber security, manufacturing, health care, hospitality and tourism – and to employers whose training leads to pay increases and/or expansion of duties for employees.
Options for training include a variety of work-based or classroom training for current employees that will increase the competitiveness of both employee and employer. Employers are able to choose the training that will best meet the needs of their company and their employees.
Past examples of training include:
- Multi-industry systems technician (MIST) programming
- Lean manufacturing
- Six Sigma
- Total productive maintenance (TPM)
- Advanced programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
- Value stream mapping
- Customized ISO
- Rapid cycle product innovation
- AC/DC electricity
- Electrical schematics
- Motors and controls
- Advanced hydraulic
- Soft skills training, including focus on communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, strategic planning, critical thinking and problem solving.
The deadline for employers to apply is Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed and grantees chosen by Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Employers may attend either of two information sessions about how to apply from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, January 10, from 1-2 p.m., or on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.
All training for employees must be completed by Friday, May 29, 2020.
For more information or to view the application, visit https://ppwfc.org/grants-for-worker-training/