Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)

Being a working parent is hard.  We are putting the training and support services in place to help you get ahead. SWFI is breaking down barriers for working families to succeed in training and employment.

SWFI is a U.S. Department of Labor grant that has been awarded to Vermont Tech.  It provides no-cost training and support services to eligible parents who are seeking a livable wage job with benefits in the manufacturing sector.  

Looking for more stability for your family?

We offer a pathway to full-time work that pays well and provides benefits.  We provide supports to help you and your family succeed, including no-cost training, coaching, and help finding and sometimes paying for child care and transportation.

Do you like making things?

Employers in Vermont make some of the best products: Cheese and ice cream, life-saving medical equipment, and parts that make airplanes fly.  The possibilities are endless.  And they need you!

Looking for a new career?

Manufacturing positions in the state of Vermont offer higher than average wages and benefits, and a chance to move up quickly.  Employers have openings now and will have more openings in the future due to the high retirement rate in manufacturing.  Classes begin as short, flexible, 7 week trainings.

Begin your application here.

Learn about Manufacturing in Vermont:



VT Tech's Manufacturing Programs Create Better Workers

VT Manufacturers Provide Onsite English Classes

Where Can I Find More Information? or (802) 879-2348

SWFI is part of a national study to measure if offering students extra supports, together with skills training, helps them to complete training and find employment. Support services and space in specific training are limited. Eligible applicants will be chosen by a computerized selection process.

Programs funded in full though a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Vermont State Colleges and its member institutions do not discriminate in admissions or employment decisions or in programs and activities on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, positive HIV-related blood test results, or any other status protected by state or federal law. Our entire non-discrimination statement can be found here.