Two local agencies have received grants that will provide $12 million for training.

The Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association and Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services were named partners in two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

One grant of $6 million will address the skills gap in manufacturing in the Oh-Penn Interstate Region that encompasses Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania.

There are two issues facing the manufacturing sector.

The first is the lack of students who are receiving training that would lead to careers in manufacturing, said Bert R. Cene, director of the training association.

The second is the shortage of qualified workers.

“There are businesses out there that are ready to expand, but they can’t get the workers they need,” he said.

This grant should help reduce both issues, he said. Workers will speak with guidance counselors and meet with students about training opportunities available for manufacturing jobs.

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