Recognizing that the vast majority of jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled because of the lack of training and education that communities, organizations, and state governments have put together for grants and training packages to meet the job force demand. Some states begin training high schoolers for vocations that need more workers now. Adults may receive special funding if they are underemployed or unemployed, helping them get off welfare. Of the jobs served by these extra supports, your need for metal fabrication workers is fulfilled. Here is how you can participate in these unique programs.
Re-integration services (or RISE) assist adults who have been placed in jail for minor offenses back into the community by giving them better paying jobs. The intention is that the better paying vocation will keep them from re-offending or participating in crimes that are far worse. Older teens from at-risk families or dangerous neighborhoods may also apply to the program.
Community-Based Job Training Grants
These are community-sponsored grants given to businesses that have an exceptional demand for workers in a specialized trade or industry. The grants may be given through vocational colleges to students or granted to industries to hire and train individuals directly. If your metal fabrication plant has a high demand for skilled metal workers but cannot seem to find enough trained people to fill all of your factory's open positions, this may be an excellent solution to your problem. You will need to check with your community via the government website that explains how these grants work.
GEAR UP/TRIO Grants
Both of these programs promote student career preparation and motivation to stay in school and complete one year of technical college or training in fields that have a high demand for workers. Since metal fabrication meets the criteria for high employment demands, you can apply to participate in these programs by offering several open positions in your factory. The programs will then fund the training for the trainees they send to work for you.
Choosing to Participate
Like any grant program, you can choose to participate or not get involved. However, since you would be rehabilitating and advancing the education and skills of dozens of people in your community while filling empty positions in your metal fabrication plant, it is in your company's best interests to participate. It is a win-win situation for you and for the teens and adults you help through these programs. Talk to a professional like Moorhead Machinery & Boiler Co. for more information.