Vermont Coffee Company Workforce Training Supported by State Grant

09 April 2019

Vermont Coffee Company Workforce Training Supported by State Grant

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Coffee Company® was recently awarded $20,000 in training funds from the Vermont Department of Economic Development’s Vermont Training Program.  Vermont Coffee Company collaborated with Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), to navigate the process and complete the application.  The funding will primarily support vendor-led offsite/onsite employee training.  

As a small business, Vermont Coffee Company’s management team indicates that access to training funds is crucial to their growth and development.  Elaborating that this grant will allow their small company to both broaden existing employee’s skills through professional development, certification & cross-training as well as onboard new hires.

“We believe that investment in professional development for our employees creates loyalty, commitment and opportunity for advancement.  It promotes a healthy culture, which in turn fosters strong relationships with teams,” Nicole Bartlett, Vermont Coffee Company General Manager. “Increased job skills lead to increased responsibilities and increased compensation.  Access to these training funds will allow us to seek continuous improvements in lean manufacturing, train new roaster and finance personnel, and support prime leadership development for our emerging management team.”

"ACEDC welcomes this workforce investment by the State,” said Executive Director Fred Kenney. “It is great to see successful businesses, like Vermont Coffee, grow because of our partnership with them and their commitment to their employees."

“The workforce of many of Vermont’s small businesses is often the most critical company asset; it is encouraging to see the recognition of this value and the resulting investment by this Addison County-based company”, said Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development, which oversees the Vermont Training Program. 

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About the Vermont Training Program

The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers; grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost which can either be on-site or through a training provider/vendor.  For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp.

About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/.

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