GWB worker training grant, immersion program on hiatus while reforms applied

PROVIDENCE – The Incumbent Worker Training Grant and the Work Immersion Program of the Governor’s Workforce Board remain closed “as staff works on reforms and improvements to the user experience,” GWB announced July 27.

Robert Kalaskowski, GWB chief of policy and planning, said the grant was put on hiatus July 3, while the immersion program was halted April 1 after “running out of money” due to its popularity.

He said the IWTG allows employers to invest in continuing education, training and upskilling of employees already on the payroll, while the WIP allows students and unemployed adults to participate in temporary, paid work experiences.

Kalaskowski said both programs plan to come off hiatus in mid-August.

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GWB Executive Director Heather W. Hudson said the grant and separate work-immersion program are funded under the fiscal 2019 budget: between $800,000 and $1 million for the former and between $500,000 and $1 million for the latter.