Workforce Training Program
Recently, PRECISION ENGINEERING LLC was awarded a Workforce Training Fund Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
The grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation and allows companies like Precision Engineering to create jobs, combat the worker shortage, and close the skills gap, by investing in skilled and engaged employees who excel in their fields.
In this post, we’ll discuss the details of our new workforce training program and how it benefits the communities we serve. Let’s dive in!
Which Companies Received the Grant?
Grant funding went out to a wide variety of companies in many different industries. Recipients also varied by size – including large multinational firms, like Rolls-Royce Marine North America, to smaller teams like ours.
In fact, small companies made up a large part of the teams applying for these grants. In the words of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker:
“More than three-quarters of the grants we’re announcing today went to train employees of small businesses.”
The Purpose of the Grant and How We’ll Use It
A Workforce Training Fund grant, from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, funds this project and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.
Our Workforce Training Fund grant supports implementation of a new and innovative two-year workforce training program and is coordinated through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP).
With the help of the grant, we are working with Exolytic, Inc and Cook Professional Resources Inc dba Safety Trainers, to create specialized teams and to train our entire staff in risk-based thinking and in a more robust implementation of our Integrated Management System – combining our four pillars of Quality, Information Security, Environmental Management, and Safety.
The purpose of these types of grants is to combat workforce shortages and bring more skilled workers into the industries that need them. In recent years, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded more than $122 million to train more than 95,000 workers from over 4,000 Massachusetts businesses.
Precision Engineering’s Commitment to Excellence
Precision Engineering LLC is an advanced metalworking contract manufacturer of custom sheet metal components and assemblies.
Our customers are original equipment manufacturers in the aerospace/defense and critical industrial sectors; and the components that we manufacture for them become parts of systems that are critical to people’s lives – parts that go into airplanes and elevators, and parts that go into fire suppression, medical device, power, and security systems …and more.
We understand that our customer’s name is on the final product, and our role is to build the best-quality part in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Over the past 30 years, we’ve invested in the latest equipment, technology, and processes; but most importantly, we continually invest in our people. This Workforce Training Fund Grant Project is the latest example.
Like everyone, we’ve felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been supply chain interruptions, dramatic increases in costs of raw materials, and labor shortages, but the pandemic has also taken a personal toll as we’ve felt the impact of worrying about our families, employees, and loved ones. At the end of the day, we’re proud of the parts we build but proudest of the community we’ve created. Our top priority is to maintain that community and keep it safe.
While combating the skills gap and worker shortage problem is difficult and complex, we’re proud to have spearheaded this initiative and to have developed an innovative avenue to address the issue.
If you’re facing similar challenges, we encourage you to do some research. Your local and state government, as well as your professional organizations, may have similar opportunities and resources, into which you can tap.
The importance of programs like these goes far beyond worker training, as they allow teams to elevate their “game” and prepare for the future workplace. Be on the lookout for some new marketing collateral that will help illustrate what we are implementing.
In closing, we look forward to having Precision Engineering be your partner in Fabricating Solutions, Forming Results.
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