AAR Composites Of Clearwater Trains 40 Employees Through State Program

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 aviation projects.

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.

"The goal is to implement a road map for promotions based on knowledge, skill set, and objective, standardized testing that fosters ongoing professional development."

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."

The program 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.

Reimbursable training expenses include instructors' salaries, tuition, textbooks and curriculum development. A complete explanation of the IWT program can be found at Workforce Florida's website.

Writer: Brad Stager
Source: Chris Mason, AAR Composites
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