The New Jersey Labor Department issued more than $3 million in grants for New Jersey businesses to upgrade the skills of their frontline employees Thursday. Nearly 8,500 employees at 223 businesses will be upskilled through the training.
Grantees within the fields of manufacturing, health care, packaging, food, and others will each receive $18,000 to $250,000 through Upskill: New Jersey Incumbent Worker Training Grants.
The funding is designed to help businesses acquire skilled labor by defraying costs associated with training employees to meet the needs of high-wage, middle- and high-skill jobs.
All grantees equally commit to their workforce with a minimum 50 percent match to Upskill grants.
“I hear from employers every day how difficult it is in an almost full-employment economy to find workers with the skills the companies need to stay competitive,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo in a statement. “We believe these grants will make a big difference to employers who need skilled workers to fill orders and provide services, and employees who need to keep their skills current to maintain and advance their careers.”
Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association, a consortium of businesses that do business in the Port of Elizabeth, is a grantee. The businesses plan to train port maintenance workers in welding, hydraulics, and electrical work.
Grant funds are intended to enable employees to attain an industry credential.
Another $3 million in funding will be awarded in the second round of the grant.