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Program Puts More than 1,200 RI Youth in Summer Jobs, Work- Based Learning Aligned with Employers’ Skills Needs - GWB has awarded $1.8 million, an increase of $300,000 over last year, to two local workforce investment boards (WIBs) for summer jobs, internships, and work readiness programs for more than 1,200 youth across Rhode Island. Read more

May 18, 2017
GWB Announces Availability of “Rolling,” On-Demand Training Grants Allowing RI Employers to Apply for Funds Based on Their Budget Cycles, Not a State Deadline - The Governor’s Workforce Board RI (GWB) is announcing today the availability of Incumbent Worker Training Grants on a rolling basis, as opposed to the annual request-for-proposals protocol through which GWB has awarded and allocated the funding previously. Read more

May 29, 2015
Keynote Speaker to Offer New Perspectives on Employer-Led Sector Partnerships at GWB Annual Meeting Tomorrow - Growing jobs and the Rhode Island economy will again be the theme that’s front and center at the Annual Meeting of the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) Thursday, May 21, from 8-10 AM at the RI Convention Center in Providence. Read more

May 20, 2015
Governor's Workforce Board Panel Selects Eight Winners Of Industry Partnership Grant Awards (released by the Governor's Office)- Detailed plans of eight key industry sector coalitions to continue confronting the skills mismatches and training gaps that challenge the state's workforce development efforts have gotten the go-ahead, the GWB announced today. Read more

July 23, 2014
Governor Chafee Signs Historic Apprenticeship Program into Existence at Annual Meeting for the Governor's Workforce Board (released by the Governor's Office)- During the annual meeting of the Governor's Workforce Board at the Crowne Plaza Hotel today, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed the paperwork for the CNC Machinist Registered Apprenticeship. Read more

May 15,2014
Governor's Workforce Board Awards $1.5M to Train Nearly 5,000 employees (released by the Governor's Office)-The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) Rhode Island will allocate $1.5 million in Incumbent Worker Training grants to improve the skills of 4,775 employees at 68 Rhode Island-based companies. Read more

March 20,2014
$700,000 in Employee Training Grants Available to RI Businesses -The Governor's Workforce Board has announced the release of an additional $700,000 to fund Incumbent Worker Training in 2014 to help RI companies upgrade the skills of current employees and build a highly-skilled, high-performing workforce. Read more

Jan. 17, 2014
Governor’s Workforce Board Announces Initiative to Provide Subsidized Work for College Students and Unemployed (released by the Governor's Office)-The Governor’s Workforce Board has launched the first phase of its new RI Work Immersion Program, designed to provide subsidized work experiences for Rhode Island-based college students and unemployed adults. Read more

Sept. 16, 2013
Governor’s Workforce Board Announces Latest Express Grant Recipients - Grants Include Training for ProvPort Crane Operators (released by the Governor's Office)-One of the most recent Governor's Workforce Board Express Grants helped train eight Waterson Terminal Services employees to become certified operators of two new mobile harbor cranes at ProvPort. The cranes, purchased through a $10.5 million federal TIGER II grant, will allow ProvPort to expand its services and develop a container operation. ProvPort is one of two deep-water ports in New England. Read more

July 16, 2013
Governor's Workforce Board Announces Incumbent Training Grant Recipients -The Governor's Workforce Board Rhode Island has awarded $810,000 in matching Incumbent Worker Training grants to improve the skills of nearly 2,700 employees of 48 Rhode Island-based companies. Read more

June 20, 2013
Governor Chafee Announces Over $2 Million for Youth Employment Summer Programs - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, joined by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at a State House press conference today, announced $2.1 million in state and federal funding for youth summer work experiences. Read more

June 6, 2013
Building Futures Receives GWB Innovation Award -The Governor's Workforce Board has named Building Futures, a program of The Providence Plan, as the winner of its 2013 Innovation Award. Read more

May 21, 2013
Governor’s Workforce Board Awarded More than $60,000 in “Express Grants” in March & April to Help RI Employers Train Workers (released by the Governor's Office) -Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that in March and April, the Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) Rhode Island awarded more than $60,000 in Express Grants to 20 Rhode Island companies seeking to improve the skills of their existing workers. Read more

May 13, 2013
Governor Chafee Announces $1.97 Million in Governor’s Workforce Board Innovative Partnership Grants (released by the Governor's Office) - Gov. Chafee announced today that the Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $1.97 million dollars in Innovative Partnership grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults. Read more

March 21, 2013
GWB has awarded more than $60,000 in "Express Grants" to help RI Employers train workers (released by the Governor's Office) - Gov. Chafee announced today that since January the Governor's Workforce Board has awarded approximately $65,000 in "Express Grants" to 15 RI companies seeking to improve the skills of their existing workers. Read more

March 7, 2013

Archived News  


Newport Daily News
- Job fair shows students opportunities that exist in defense and security fields

Westerly Sun - Internships with local businesses put Chariho students in driver’s seat for jobs

Prov. Business News - Polaris MEP launches ‘Rocket’ program for R.I. manufacturers

Prov. Business News - Summer learning an entree to workforce

Providence Journal - Training grants to help hundreds in R.I. get back to work

Marina Dock Age - Mackie and RIMTA Focus on Workforce Development

Prov. Business News
- Certificate seen aiding skill measurement

Providence Journal - Six ex-cons graduate from 9 Yards program with knowledge and skills and a job

Prov. Business News - Providence summer employment program places 650 youth in jobs

Providence Journal - Apprenticehip program in Manufacturing open to applicants

Prov. Business News
- Training Grants path to business growth

Providence Journal - Dale J. Venturini and Heather R. Singleton: Workforce Board boosts R.I. economy

Prov. Business News - State awards $1.5M in training grants, more than double initial amount

Prov. Journal - Building Futures apprenticeship program celebrates its R.I. success stories

Prov. Journal - New R.I. internship program seen as aid to rebuilding economy

Convergence RI - Innovation ecosystem - Re-grooving the Rhode Island workforce for future jobs

Prov. Business News - Tech Collective recognizes 2013 Graduate Fellows

Cranston Herald - State invests $2.1M in youth jobs program

Prov. Business News - Building Futures wins Workforce Board’s innovation award

Prov. Business News - GWB awards R.I. firms $60K in skills-training grants

Prov. Journal - New technology designs limbs and braces for amputees

Boating Industry - RIMTA receives grant monies, State approval to launch apprenticeship programs

Prov. Business News
- Training key to bridging skills gap

Cranston Online
- Grants to 4 Cranston businesses to aid workforce development


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