Forty workers at AAR Composites' Clearwater facility will gain new
skills and improved advancement potential as a result of the company
receiving $42,000 from Florida's Incumbent Worker Training program. AAR Composites
develops, manufactures and markets composite-material products for the
aerospace industry, including parts for the U.S. Air Force's F-22
advanced tactical fighter and other Department of Defense and commercial
The funds will be used to create a
certification program that will include reviews and testing of workers'
knowledge and skill level in the field of composite manufacturing. AAR
spokesperson Chris Mason says the program will enhance advancement
opportunities for employees and help the company meet customer needs.
goal is to implement a road map for promotions based on knowledge,
skill set, and objective, standardized testing that fosters ongoing
says AAR spokesperson Chris Mason.
"The Incumbent Worker Training program demonstrates the state's
commitment to provide support for the businesses that operate in Florida
and to the advancement of its resident employees."
is administered by Workforce Florida
Companies applying for IWT funds must have been operating for at least
one year and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority
is given to what Workforce Florida refers to as "qualified targeted
industries," including manufacturing, information, management and
financial industries, among others.
expenses include instructors' salaries, tuition, textbooks and
curriculum development. A complete explanation of the IWT program can be
found at Workforce Florida's website.
Source: Chris Mason, AAR Composites