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NJDOL announces $1.5M in grants to train displaced, dislocated workers for in-demand jobs

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has announced $1.5 million in available funding through the Opportunity Partnership Grant (OPG) training program.

The purpose of the OPG is to help displaced/dislocated workers secure gainful employment at sustainable wages by providing occupational training based on employers’ needs in the most in-demand industry sectors. The grant aims to provide for training to fill workforce skills gaps.

“New Jersey has a strong workforce, but the available jobs don’t always match their skill set,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “The Opportunity Partnership Grant helps train today’s workers for jobs in our state’s most in-demand sectors, with trainees earning industry-valued credentials that will jumpstart their careers and earning potential.”

Eligible OPG applicants include New Jersey Workforce Development Boards that engage external third-party training providers, post-secondary educational institutions, and qualifying schools approved by NJDOL. Training offered must lead to an industry-recognized certificate, credential, or licensure required by employers, in-demand industry sectors.

Proposals must include the training to be offered to qualified displaced/dislocated workers, with the intent to teach skills required by employer-partners to fill full-time job openings. Employer-partners must hire and retain selected individuals for at least six months following successful completion of training at a wage of at least $15 per hour.

Training applicants may be awarded up to $6,000 per trainee to a maximum of $200,000. Grant recipients must collaborate with county One-Stop Career Centers to recruit eligible training program candidates.

Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2022. For more information, read the complete Notice of Grant Opportunity here and to learn about all grants available through the NJDOL here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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