PENDLETON — Businesses in eight Eastern Oregon counties could qualify for money to remain competitive.

The Eastern Oregon Workforce Board and Training & Employment Consortium has $50,000 available in its Incumbent Worker Training Program to assist employers in training workers to keep businesses and workers competitive. Private sector employers in Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties may be eligible for the assistance if they face changing skill requirements due to new technology, new product lines or other industry changes.

The funds are available to assist companies to retrain employees, including in new or advanced skills that enable an employee to multitask or be more productive. For the employee, simply to remain employable may require the attainment of new or advanced skills, certifications or credentials.

The consortium gives priority for funding to applicants who demonstrate the funding could assist the business in avoiding a layoff, downsizing or closure, or would provide retention opportunities by upgrading employee skills as a result of the training.

To learn on how your business can apply and qualify for Incumbent Worker Training funds, contact the following:

Morrow and Umatilla counties: Tara Bishop 541-276-9050

Grant, Harney and Malheur counties: Lisa Norton 541-889-7864

Baker, Union And Wallowa counties: Lynn Trice ar 541-963-7111

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