Convenience store chain Verc Enterprises with locations throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has been awarded $140,000 as part of a statewide Workforce Grant Training Program.
Verc Enterprises will apply the funds from the grant to employee training and will match the grant with $140,000 of its own funds, bringing the total to $280,000.
Barry Ahern, VP of operations at Verc Enterprises, said that the company sought the grant based on feedback from employees as a result of its Annual Employee Engagement Survey. The specific areas of training will include:
- Leadership and Management Skills;
- Supervisory Skills;
- Lean Thinking & Processes for Operations;
- ESOL (English as a Second Language);
- MS Office Tools;
- Task and Time Management, and
- Effective Communications/Teamwork.
This is the third time that Verc Enterprises has applied for and received a Workforce Training Grant.
The Verc award is one of 96 grants overall, totaling $10 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants, aimed at training more than 6,500 workers and creating 1,361 new jobs in the state by 2021. The grants awarded involve 133 companies from across the Commonwealth and will fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention and increased opportunity for workers.
The awards were announced by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Gov. Charlie Baker.
The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, the quasi-public workforce development agency that runs the programs that teach people how to work, providing lifelong learning for careers of a lifetime.
Since 2015, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded 809 grants totaling more than $80 million to train 60,000 workers from more than 1,000 different Massachusetts businesses.