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|Connecting the right worker with the right job is key to our vision of opportunity for all. At the Labor Department, it’s how we’re working to help more people punch their ticket to the middle class.|
That’s why we’re investing in proven strategies that connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. As part of this effort, in April, we announced the availability of funds through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grants program to help dislocated workers who have lost a job through no fault of their own.
And this week, I am very excited to announce the awards – nearly $155 million to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee Tribal Nation – to help fund work-based training programs, like Registered Apprenticeship and on-the-job training, which have a proven record of success. That’s $155 million to give workers the chance to “learn and earn,” developing skills while earning a paycheck. With on-the-job training, employers who participate can use this funding to offset the cost of training and temporarily cover a portion of the wages for the people they hire.
We know these programs work. Earlier this year, I met with Gary Locke from New Hampshire, who – after being laid off for more than a year – found a job through the state’s innovative on-the-job training program. The funds we’ve announced this week will expand programs that helped Gary to more states around the country.