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The latest round of grant applications to train the unemployed for new jobs is due by 3 p.m. Jan. 13, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). The grants are available to postsecondary education institutions, workforce development boards, and trainers approved by LWD.

Grants are designed to help displaced or dislocated workers get jobs in growth industry sectors recognized by employer’s needs. The state’s target industry sectors include Advanced Manufacturing; Biopharmaceutical Life Sciences; Construction and Utilities; Financial Services; Healthcare; Retail; Hospitality; and Tourism; Technology; and Transportation, Logistics, Distribution.

Additionally:

  • Only one proposal may be submitted per job title; more than one proposal may be submitted for different job titles within an industry sector.
  • Applicants may budget a cost of up to $6,000 per trainee.
  • If the trainee does not pass the required test for certification as required for employment, the grantee will provide additional training and testing fees at no cost to the trainee.
  • Applicants who are awarded a training grant must collaborate and cooperate with the One-Stop Career Centers to source and recruit eligible candidates for their training program.
  • Applicants are also expected to partner with employers, who “should play a primary role” by providing input for the program curriculum design and instruction.

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