Last month with the support of Rochester Senator Joe Robach, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has received a $6.4 million federal grant, the largest award in the nation, to implement job training programs throughout the state.
“Rebuilding our state’s economy starts with creating jobs in all corners of New York State, and we must do everything we can to ensure job seekers have the training and skills they need to succeed,” Governor Cuomo said. “This award recognizes New York State’s leadership and commitment to helping the unemployed find new opportunities. With the NY Works program helping jumpstart job creating projects and get the economy back on track, this federal funding will help hundreds of companies hire new workers and train them for successful careers right here in New York State.”
This award from the U.S. Department of Labor will allow New York State to build on the success of a previous $3.4 million training grant which has helped 308 businesses hire 543 workers since 2011. Past grant provided businesses an average wage reimbursement of over $5,500 per worker.
The training must take place at a business location in New York State. The job the employee trains for must be a full-time job (30 hours or more per week). To be hired under this program, a person must be a Dislocated Worker and unlikely to return to their prior occupation.
Senator Robach encourages any business want more information about training grants, send an email to StateOJT@labor.ny.gov. Department of Labor staff will work with businesses to determine eligibility. Businesses can begin applying now via the DOL website www.labor.ny.gov