Fast track training for high demand trades coming to local tech schools

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With a shortage of trade workers in the area following Hurricane Michael, Triumph Gulf Coast board members believe they've found a solution to the problem.

This will allow companies in need of a certain set of skills to put their workers through shortened programs to get those skills. (WJHG/WECP)

At Wednesday's meeting, they approved the Skilled Labor Cape Certification Fast Track Training for high demand trades.

This will allow companies in need of a certain set of skills to put their workers through shortened programs to get those skills.

The program is set for six months, but they hope to eventually get it down to three months.

Each tech school that participates will be paid $4,500 for each certificate earned as an incentive.

"We're looking for companies who have a reasonably large workforce who want to come in and start getting involved with upgrading their training, and that's the goal. At the end of this process we'll hopefully get folks in the marketplace with a better salary, we'll get businesses happier because they have a place to train the workforce up as they pick up other projects," said Frank Fuller, the Educational Consultant for Triumph Gulf Coast.

Now that this is approved, they will meet with tech schools and companies in January and the first program is expected to begin in March.

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