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Workforce Development

Workforce Development

mcc.jpgLowell's Middlesex Community College (MCC) and University of Massachusetts-Lowell
graduates provide a talented labor pool to businesses wishing to relocate or expand in the City of Lowell. U-Mass Lowell is a nationally recognized research facility with more than $50 million in yearly budgeted research work. U-Mass Lowell has
recently completed the construction of the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) a $70 million, 84,000 square foot building on North Campus which houses nanotechnology, plastics engineering, biomedicine, and electro-optics. The university is also home to the Innovation Hub which serves as a co-working space that allows early-stage entrepreneurs and ventures to test products and business concepts. The ETIC and Innovation Hub, as well as the Robotics Center are the best examples on how companies can tap into the resources and talent pool offered right here in Lowell.

Lowell is only 40 minutes away by car from Boston and commuter rail access to Boston is provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) providing easy access to a talented labor pool of recent graduates from the top universities in the world such as Harvard and MIT.

Our office works closely with the Lowell Career Center in assisting employers with their hiring needs by listing companies' job openings on their website, cclowell2.jpgpre-screening job applicants, and offering employers on-site recruitment at the Career Center. The Lowell Career Center and the Greater Lowell Workforce GLWIB.jpgInvestment Board (GLWIB) also provide technical assistance on direct funded grants including the Workforce Training Fund and Hiring Incentive Grants (provided through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to employers for incumbent or new worker training).
Workforce Training Fund Programs (WTFP) provides resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees.
  • General Program- available to any size company to train employees in job-related skills through a program designed by the company. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Express Program- For companies with 100 or fewer employees training employees using off-the-shelf training.

Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) provides cash grants to employers who hire Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more or Massachusetts residents who are military veterans (regardless of unemployment length). Eligible employers may apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the HITG program requirements/up to to $75,000 each calendar year.