New Jersey to Allocate $14 Million in CARES Act Funding to Workforce Development Programs

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1) announced on Wednesday that the state will allocate $14 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support workforce development programs.

Gov. Murphy and Norcross made the announcement on the quad at Camden County College.

“As this pandemic continues to threaten our public health, we must work to ensure that a stronger, fairer, and more resilient New Jersey emerges on the other side of COVID-19,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “With today’s announcement, we are investing in opportunities for job training in our workforce that will reignite and grow our economy.”  

This particular allotment of $14 million in CARES Act funding will be split into three different programs. A $4 million grant will go towards relief employment, which would allow those who have been unemployed for a long time and displaced workers get temporary jobs helping the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, a $3 million grant will cover up to 50% of training costs for new employees — particularly those in retail, grocery, hospitality, health care, logistics, and transportation.

The remaining $7 million in CARES Act funding will go towards expanding services offered by New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards. Outreach, intake, assessment screening, resume critiquing, and referrals for both short-term job training and jobs themselves are among the services offered by the Workforce Investment Boards.

 “The Coronavirus pandemic has upended our economy, but we will recover by working together,” Congressman Norcross said. “Using federal CARES Act funding, New Jersey is helping workers and businesses get back on their feet. These workforce programs will help employers provide skill-building opportunities and on the job training, connecting New Jerseyans with the services they need to get the job they deserve.” 

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