Due to its overwhelming success, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced the continuation of the Workforce Training Fund General Grant Program. The fund is for any size company training employees in job-related skills through a program designed by the company. This training grant is a direct grant awarded competitively to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, and training providers to train current and newly hired workers and ranges from $2,000 to $250,000.

The grants major goal is to provide assistance to small to medium- sized businesses that would not be able to provide workforce training without the help of this grant. Through this workforce training program it hopes to result in job retention, job growth, or increased wages for the company which will help maintain economic strength throughout the Commonwealth. $24,001,617 has been allocated for the grant, but this money is contingent on the US Senate approving the FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Program), which if not passed may lead to the allocation being reduced.

The deadline for the next round is Friday July 9, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. For the latest details visit: www.mass.gov