There’s new funding available to help shore up Vermont’s trade workforce

There’s new funding available to help shore up Vermont’s trade workforce. Three million dollars in interest-free loans are available for tuition, initial licensing fees, and exam fees for students who are looking to enter careers in building, mechanical, industrial, or medical trades. Other areas for support include energy, transportation, broadband, robotics, and emergency services. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will be disbursing the funding made possible by the big workforce development law signed in June.  The program is open to Vermont and non-Vermont residents and participants don’t have to pick a program offered in-state, but those will be given priority. To be eligible for loan forgiveness, participants have to commit to working for at least a year at a Vermont company and demonstrate some financial need.