The MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board will use a $150,000 grant to expand job training opportunities for out-of-school youth ages 16-24.

In a press release, workforce board chairman Dave Slutz said the grant fills a funding gap to engage four local training vendors to provide a variety of training programs. All participants will receive a job experience, work-based learning plans, and job search assistance to locate permanent full-time employment.

The funding comes from federal Community Development Block Grant monies administered by the City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development.

“We are pleased to provide these funds for job training in Greater New Bedford to prepare young people for career opportunities, or as they continue to realize their educational aspirations," said Mayor Jon Mitchell in a statement.

The board is a business-led organization that determines the needs of employers and job-seekers in the region. It works with the Greater New Bedford Career Center to deliver in-demand training programs.

The workforce board is led by Mayor Mitchell, who serves as its chief elected official. The workforce region includes New Bedford and 9 surrounding towns.

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