WHAT IS A CONSORTIUM?
"We have roughly around 80 employees and you have other companies that may have closer to 500 employees in the community. We can go in with them and do that training all together and we can get training for our employees that we would otherwise not be able to obtain," says Sara Bruner, the Simpson County Training Consortium President.
SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Similar matched industries in Simpson County are working together to train their employees. Now, the Simpson County Training Consortium has received $150,000 to make more opportunities available.
"As local employers, it's going to provide us with the tools to strengthen our work force here in Simpson County," says Sara Bruner, President of the Simpson County Training Consortium.
Worldwide Technologies is one industry in the consortium. Since joining two years ago, the company has saved money by working with larger corporations.
"We have roughly around 80 employees and you have other companies that may have closer to 500 employees in the community. We can go in with them and do that training all together and we can get training for our employees that we would otherwise not be able to obtain," says Bruner.
Training comes at no added expense to employees. It paid off for Tom Steiner, who was promoted from supervisor to production manager.
"It leads you into different aspects of the job. A lot of dealing with people, in general, how to have your different categories of people and how you go about handling each category," says Steiner.
To make training cost effective, six industries are currently involved in the consortium. The Chamber of Commerce hopes to increase that number to 10 by the end of the year for further savings.
"The more opportunity we can provide for reasonably priced training, the better the workforce is going to be. So we constantly look for that. We look for ways to improve the workforce and this is a tremendous way to do that," says Executive Director, Steve Thurmond.
The chamber hopes having low priced training will lure in more worldwide companies. Employees in the program are trained locally at the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Franklin Campus.