DWS Press Release
June 16, 2017

Utah funds more than $2 million in grants for workforce development
Talent Ready Utah grants bring government, industry and education together
to support Utah industries and workers

SALT LAKE CITY (June 16, 2017)— At the conclusion of  Workforce Week in Washington, D.C, 12 new Utah partnerships were awarded $2,125,000 in grants to better meet the state’s skilled workforce needs. Talent Ready Utah grants, formerly known as Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership grants, are designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, education and economic development leaders to create talent pipelines for high-demand, high-wage occupations.

“Building Utah’s workforce is essential for our economy and for the success of our families,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “We need to prepare a critical mass of skilled workers in select economic clusters where there is demand. That can only happen if we have talent ready for those jobs.”

Talent Ready Utah supports the governor’s strategy for a qualified workforce in creating a more responsive post-secondary education system. Key initiatives will focus on increasing the number of employers who invest in high-quality, work-based learning partnerships with education and by developing the pipeline of talent. Talent Ready Utah grants support the creation of these partnerships between industry and education.

Talent Ready Utah grants are administered through the Department of Workforce Services with state funds. See the attached press release for the complete list of grant recipients.

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About Talent Ready Utah:

Talent Ready Utah was created in direct response to industry's need of a skilled workforce to fill high-skill, high-wage jobs. Talent Ready Utah develops industry and education partnerships to build Utah’s workforce to meet this need. Talent Ready Utah is a collaborative partnership between the Governor’s Office, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Board of Education, Utah System of Higher Education, Utah College of Applied Technology, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Dell EMC and Women Tech Council. For more information, visit talentreadyutah.com.