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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
52 FLEXO JANUARY 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY ENGAGING IDEAS Calendar February 2010 10 FPA Environmental Summit/Safety Conference 21 FPPA Annual Meeting 25--27 Miami, FL Graphics of the Americas March 2010 3-10 FPA Annual Meeting 6--10 Indian Hills, CA TLMI Converter Meeting 10 Fullerton, CA Fullerton College: FFTA Regional Workshop: FIRST 4.0 on the Go 15--17 Indianapolis, IN NEHS Conference 24--26 Charlotte, NC CPCC: Phoenix Challenge - HS Competition 29--31 Paperboard Packaging Council Outlook Strategies April 2010 18--21 Albuquerque, NM TAPPI Conference 18 NAPIM Annual May 2010 2-5 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas Hotel: FFTA 2010 Annual Forum 3-4 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas Hotel: INFO*FLEX 2010 Exhibition A New Year... Brings a New Cache of Training Grant Money As a follow up to my November 2009 column on the subject of government grants for workforce training, I thought that the beginning of the new year is an excellent opportunity to remind printers of the substantial amount of train- ing dollars that are available through various governmental agencies, as well as report back a bit on the recent successes that FTA members have realized. We've seen a great deal of activity in a very short period of time, so our encouragement factor is pretty high these days! In an upcoming issue of FLEXO, you will read a summary article documenting the recent success that The Robinette Co., Bristol, TN, realized in applying for, and receiving, a grant from the state of Tennessee that is supporting, among other train- ing initiatives, a $34,000 FIRST Operator Certification contract for its employees. Through an exhaustive interview, we'll detail such things as: how long the applica- tion process took; what was entailed in preparing the documentation; how the train- ing program will contribute to helping The Robinette Co. realize its quality enhance- ment goals; pointers on what they learned along the way, etc... Keep an eye out for this piece. It's sure to be a very informative resource for all printers. Although many of the grant sources (Workforce Investment Boards, Economic Development Agencies, etc.) work off different timelines, the beginning of the New Year has brought the availability of additional funds from a number of them. In our ongoing communications with FTA members pursuing grant money, as well as on the other side of the coin, we are finding that many of the various gov- ernmental funding sources have recently been replenished with new allocations for disbursement in 2010---particularly in the first half of the year. This is very good news for companies looking to subsidize their training pro- gram... but it also comes with some constraints that can possibly present challeng- es in executing the process. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to discourage anyone from seeking these grants. But, it's extremely important that the application process be executed swiftly and the training program be planned out efficiently with FFTA personnel in order to meet established time qualifications that come with the grant money. The time- frames are not unreasonable. They simply require that applying companies dedi- cate the necessary resources to ensure that the application process, and actual funded training, all take place within a specified time period. The FFTA management team involved in working with members to secure train- ing grants is also becoming more educated on the process, and more efficient in facilitating communications between applicants and funding agencies. This evolu- tion has contributed to a number of new companies successfully entering into the application process, as well as to the identification by the funding sources of FFTA as a recognized training provider for companies to utilize to improve workforce skills. This, in and of itself, is a major accomplishment! So, the moral of the story is---this could not be more of a win-win situation for flexo printers: workforce skill enhancement... from a recognized industry training provider... with funds provided by the government thereby removing the financial burden from your company. What more could you ask for?
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