- The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island announced this year's
Recognition Award winners at its annual meeting, held Tuesday, June
12 at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick. Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri
served as keynote speaker for the event.
The RI Dept. of Corrections received the Employer Recognition Award
for its use of netWORKri resources to improve employment opportunities
and increase client awareness of the one-stop system. Since 1995, the
RI Dept. of Corrections has partnered with the DLT to recruit, train
and hire officers to staff the state prisons.
Rhode Island Manufacturers Extension Services (R.I.M.E.S.) received
the Creative Partnerships award for its extensive work training and
placing dislocated, underemployed individuals who have completed their
Machine Operates Skills Training Program. Nominated by the netWORKri
offices, this award goes to the establishment that partners with a targeted
entity in order to address the workforce needs of the community.
The Workforce Partnership of Greater RI Partner Recognition award was
presented to Cheryl DaCosta, Biotech Training Initiative Grant Manager
at RI Tech Collective, for her outstanding efforts in the bid and procurement
process of 47 biotech employee training contracts. The three million
dollar grant trained over 700 Rhode Island workers.
The Excellence in Service Award, given to an employee who performs exemplary
work that improves effectiveness of the netWORKri system, was awarded
to Bill Cummings, a business service specialist at netWORKri. As liaison
to the Health Care Partnership Industry, Bill's efforts have helped
the industry expand the number of high-skilled workers available to
fill numerous positions available in the health care field.
Governor Carcieri personally presented a citation to Richard L. Westlake,
CEO of Independence LLC, for his outstanding contributions as a board
member to the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island. Westlake,
an active WPGRI board member since 2001, is retiring from the board
The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island provides strategic
leadership to meet the current and future human resource needs of Rhode
Island's employers and to ensure a well-trained, self-sufficient and
adaptable workforce.WPGRI brokers employment and training programs for
businesses and workers to access public funding and community support
for business and career development. The partnership also offers grant
writing assistance, information and resource referrals to businesses
and industry groups; facilitates employer participation in federal,
state and local workforce development programs; and develops customized
recruitment and training opportunities to address employer shortages.
The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island serves all Rhode Island
communities with the exception of Providence and Cranston.
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training offers a wide array of
employment and training services to both the general public and to individuals
with unusual barriers to employment. DLT is ready to assist any job
seeker, whether the goal is a first job, a better job, or a career change.
Rhode Island's workforce is protected through the enforcement of labor
laws, prevailing wage rates, and workplace health and safety standards.
Temporary income support is available to unemployed, sick, or injured
workers and a comprehensive rehabilitation program is available to those
injured on the job.
is dedicated to the growth and competitiveness of Rhode Island industry,
administering a variety of training grants, tax credits, and apprenticeship
programs to help employers. Economic indicators and labor market information
are available for long-range planning. The Agency engages in active
outreach, helping large and small employers retain their best workers
or retrain their existing work force. At no cost to the employer, DLT
will also screen job applicants, post job vacancies, and help businesses
institute cost-sharing programs that can avert layoffs.
more information on the innovative programs and services available to
all Rhode Islanders at the Department of Labor and Training, please
call (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals
TDD (401) 462-8006