New grants aim to retrain aerospace workers

County program offers up to $250,000 per business to help workers acquire new skills.

Local aerospace companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can take advantage of a new Snohomish County program to help retrain aerospace workers.

The Aerospace Employment Recovery & Training program offers grants of up to $250,000 per business for short-term training to help workers acquire new skills.

Training can be used for existing employees, recalled employees or new hires.

For-profit companies located in Snohomish County that have been in business for at least a year, may be eligible. Aerospace-related work must comprise at least 50% of a firm’s operations.

Applications for the competitive grants are due July 17.

Training must be completed by November 30.

“This program supports Snohomish County’s world-class aerospace workforce through training and education programs,” said County Executive Dave Somers. “This training will provide employees and furloughed workers with new skills to adapt to a changing aerospace industry and allow us to maintain the county’s competitive edge in commercial aerospace. It also gives local companies an opportunity to hire experienced and trained workers.”

The grants are made possible from a portion of the CARES Act funds approved by the County Council.

“Supporting workers with the skills training they need for a career in aerospace is important to Snohomish County’s economic recovery,” said Snohomish County Council Chairman Nate Nehring. “This grant program will allow workers to acquire new skills and instill life-long learning. During these difficult times, we want to provide opportunities for job creation and career advancement.”

For a complete list of requirements and an application go to http://www.workforcesnohomish.org. For application questions, contact Workforce Snohomish at snocotraining@workforcesnohomish.org

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