- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Twenty-six teams of companies, institutions and organizations will share $5 million in federal and state funding to train workers in Rhode Island.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and the state’s congressional delegation on Monday announced the recipients of the “implementation grants” from the Real Jobs Rhode Island workforce training program.

The grants are part of an initiative to train employees for jobs employers want to fill. The first round of funding awarded $479,000 in August to 21 recipients in industries including design, construction and biotechnology.

The current round of grants will go to employers in industries including marine trades, aquaculture and hospitality. They aim to help companies and other entities, such as the Rhode Island Builders Association, implement training programs.

Employers have complained in the past that the state was not training people with the right skills and the programs suffered from too much red tape, Raimondo said. Employers will now design the training.

“We’re taking concrete steps to get people into jobs that are currently open,” the Democratic governor said. “Employers say they don’t have the folks with the skills they need. We’re looking to fix that problem.”

She estimates that this will help more than 1,000 people get jobs. The congressional delegation secured the funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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