National Fund for Workforce Solutions announces that Wichita and two additional communities have been selected as grantees for the three-year on-the-job training program to bolster manufacturing workforce.

WICHITA, KS (July 5, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is one of three grantees to receive $125,000 through the Preparation for Advanced Career Employment Systems (PACES) fund to address small and mid-sized suppliers’ need for skilled workers in manufacturing. The grants, made possible by The Boeing Company, will build off of The National Fund’s 2012-2014 Boeing On-The-Job (OJT) Project which identified the best practices of job training and career advancement in manufacturing. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees to higher skilled and higher paying positions.
The Workforce Alliance was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program,
“Unemployment in manufacturing is hitting record lows nationwide,” said Fred Dedrick, CEO and President of The National Fund. “Employers are struggling to fill openings and workers want family-sustaining jobs with the opportunity to grow professionally. With Boeing’s OJT Project, the National Fund can help their regional collaboratives work to assist both employers’ needs for skilled staff and ensure that workers are given access to quality jobs.
“Newly trained job seekers are finding it difficult to gain employment with little job experience,” says Keith Lawing, CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas. “This grant will be used to help jump start their careers as they gain job experience using their new skill sets and provide an answer for employers needing to fill vacancies.”

A total of five cities will be participating in the program to include Chicago, Philadelphia, and Wichita. Two additional cities will be selected in 2019. Each collaborative will be designing job training strategies tailored to their labor market, employer partner and unique needs.

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