New York Receives Highest Grant in the Nation Due to Past Training Successes
Governor Encourages Businesses across New York to Apply for Funding
Albany, NY (July 11, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today 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.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said, "In these difficult economic times, we need to do everything we can to help create jobs in New York and around the country. Helping train our workforce is essential to making sure workers have the skills they need to get jobs, and I’m proud to have help secured the largest grant in the nation to help train workers right here in New York."
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "You won’t find harder working people anywhere outside New York State. With the right training and skills, we can fill the jobs of tomorrow right here – with more of our workers in good-paying, family supporting jobs. When we strengthen our workforce, we can help more local businesses grow, attract new businesses, and set the foundation for a strong and growing economy. And, the best way to cut the deficit is to put people back to work."
U.S. Representative Nita Lowey said, "Helping New Yorkers gain the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy is good for employers, employees, and our state as a whole. I am pleased the federal government has chosen to invest in New York’s highly educated and capable workforce. This investment will help add to local businesses’ bottom line while preparing new workers for successful careers."
U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy said, "This first-in-the-nation award will help New York businesses save money and put hundreds of people to work in full-time jobs here. New York businesses will now have the opportunity to apply for federal funding through the New York State Department of Labor right away."
U.S. Representative Tim Bishop said, ""I strongly support federal job training grants to prepare New York's workers for careers in high-tech, green construction and energy, and other areas of the 21st century economy. I applaud Governor Cuomo for New York's success in securing this funding and urge New York businesses to apply for grant funding to support new jobs."
The cost of training new employees cuts into businesses’ bottom line, which is why some are slow to hire. This successful program offsets training costs, which makes it easier for businesses to hire new workers and make them fully productive. Private sector, for-profit and not-for-profit businesses are eligible to apply for these training grants."
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.
State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, "Governor Cuomo’s commitment to making New York ‘open for business’ is paving the way for businesses and workers to flourish here in this state. These job training grants will help hundreds of businesses increase their bottom line while upgrading the skills of workers in the process. Training grants work and we want businesses and workers to know about these available dollars."
For 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