U.S. Department Of Labor Announces $10 Million Competition For Advanced Manufacturing Training

Grants will help develop worker skills to address advance manufacturing industry's critical workforce challenges

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced a grant competition for $10 million to be invested for advanced manufacturing training under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative.

"Strengthening American manufacturing is a priority for the Bush administration. America's manufacturers provide our nation and our people with good jobs, a better quality of life and innovations to drive our national economy," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Emily Stover DeRocco. "To remain competitive, American manufacturers must have an educated and skilled workforce. These workforce development grants will help ensure workers can gain the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century advanced-manufacturing workplace."

Grants awarded through this competition will be used to develop and implement innovative and industry-driven training solutions to address the advanced manufacturing industry's critical workforce challenges. Funded projects will be based on partnerships among the workforce investment system, business and industry representatives and education and training providers, such as community colleges.

Projects selected for funding under this competition are intended to complement and enhance existing ETA investments for the advanced manufacturing industry and, if applicable, make use of the recently announced industry-based advanced manufacturing competency framework.

The president's High Growth Job Training Initiative is a strategic effort to prepare workers to take advantage of new job opportunities in high-growth sectors of the American economy. Through executive forums with leaders of expanding industries, critical workforce gaps and issues are identified. Solutions are then created in cooperation with employers, educational institutions and the public workforce system. For more information, please visit www.doleta.gov/BRG/JobTrainInitiative/.

A competitive solicitation for grant applications can be accessed online through www.doleta.gov/sga/sga.cfm or www.grants.gov. For more information on the DOL's employment and training programs, please visit www.doleta.gov.

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