Menendez And Lautenberg Announce $1.5 Million To Help Laid Off Workers With On-The-Job Training Opportunities

Menendez And Lautenberg Announce $1.5 Million To Help Laid Off Workers With On-The-Job Training Opportunities

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced $1,477,396 from the federal Recovery Act to provide workers that have lost their jobs with on on-the-job training to help them get back into the workforce. This is part of the $75 million in Recovery Act funds and National Emergency Grants for these purposes awarded by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. This funding is focused at regions throughout the United States that have been disproportionately impacted by the economic recession.

Senator Menendez said: " This investment will help our state's workforce prepare to get quality jobs that require additional training. It will also help our state's businesses by providing them with resources to hire workers they know are trained and well-qualified to be highly productive. By strengthening our workforce, we strengthen our businesses, and we pave the way for economic recovery and growth." "These federal fundswill helpprovidedislocated workersin New Jerseywith the tools and training they need to transition to new work opportunities,"said Lautenberg, who as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee helped write the Recovery Act."Providing resources to train and employ new workers is a win for New Jersey's businesses and families, and a new opportunity to help grow our economy."

On-the-Job Training Grants will finance projects to promote the re-employment of dislocated workers that have been off the workforce for an extended period of time by facilitating training. Unemployed workers that participate will have the opportunity to "earn and learn" - develop new occupational skills while earning a paycheck, while employers participating will be partially reimbursed for training costs incurred. The projects will help workers obtain and become proficient in the skills they need to reenter the workforce, and in turn encourage employers to hire workers they know have the necessary skills sooner than may have been initially expected. This will promote the private sector hiring of qualified individuals which will contribute to their bottom line and spur economic recovery at a local and national level.

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