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The Ketchum Group, LLC to Participate in Workforce Training Grant

July 11th, 2016

Date: July 11, 2016
Information Contact:  robert.ketchum@ketchumgroup.net


Local Company to Participate in Workforce Training Grant


Pacific Cabinets will use a $63,170 Workforce Development Training Grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to train 11 new and retrain 11 current permanent, full-time workers at its Ferdinand, Idaho, manufacturing facility.  The Ketchum Group (TKG) has been retained to implement the structured on-the-job training component of the project.


New positions include engineer technicians, CNC (computer numerically controlled) programmers, finish carpenters and fabricators. Average hourly wages for new workers will be $15.64 plus employer-assisted medical benefits. Hourly wages for existing workers – project engineers, managers, supervisors –will increase to an average $22.18 per hour plus employer-assisted medical benefits.


The Ketchum Group, a Coeur d’Alene based consulting business, was incorporated in January of 2010, and provides expertise in Structured on the Job Training, or SOJT. According to Dr. Robert Ketchum, a company principal, “Structured on the Job Training is a relatively new method of training employees that depends on teaching existing and experienced employees how to train the next generation.”


In other words, Ketchum continued, Pacific Cabinets CNC programmers will be instructed in techniques enabling them to pass on learned skills to newer employees. SOJT, as the name implies, is highly structured for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. It is based on previously developed Train the Trainer programs but includes a online system to support SOJT trainers and measure outcomes.


The 37-year-old company manufactures countertops, millwork, cabinets, casework and specialty products for several industries, including health care, education and lab facilities.


Idaho’s Workforce Development Training Fund, established in 1996, is used to reimburse businesses for the cost of training new workers or retraining existing workers who would otherwise be laid off. Eligible businesses must produce a product or service sold outside their region, and jobs must pay at least $12 an hour and include employer-assisted health insurance. The fund is financed by a 3 percent set-aside of the unemployment insurance taxes paid by businesses each year.

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