NJDOL Announces $6M Grant For Construction Training For Minorities And Women

By: Savannah Scarborough, Follow South Jersey Intern

SOUTH JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) announced its $6 million grant for eligible organizations to foster training opportunities for minorities and women in construction and related trades recently. 

Under the New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity’s (NJBUILD) Women and Minorities in Construction Trades, this grant promotes outreach and occupational skills training. It aims to eliminate economic barriers associated with an individual’s inability to invest in skill training and work readiness themselves. 

The grant will work to connect women and minority populations to training opportunities and quality careers, including apprenticeships or employment in the building and construction industries. According to the NJDOL, Registered Apprenticeship programs are training models that combine paid on-the-job learning in building and construction with classroom instruction to ensure successful placement into employment. 

“Through NJBUILD, we’re engaging with both participants and employers to ensure underrepresented populations have a pathway to a successful and rewarding career in the construction trades,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

NJBUILD’s funding further enhances New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to making New Jersey and its economy green. $2,000,000 of the grant award for eligible participants is dedicated to trade construction jobs, including offshore wind, energy, efficiency, environmental infrastructure, grid infrastructure, storage, solar, and weatherization occupations. 

“Equity has been a strong principle of Governor Murphy’s administration and is at the core of all aspects of our department’s work,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

To be considered a potential grant recipient, submit your letter of intent by March 31 and apply by April 6. Both the letter and application are due at noon. 

The following organizations are eligible to apply as the lead applicant: Public training providers, community-based organizations, labor organizations, employers and contractors, public or private non-profit agencies, County or Municipal Governments, and trade organizations representing a particular trade, group of trades, contractors, or employers. 

To learn more about NJBUILD, visit https://www.nj.gov/labor/research-info/grants.shtml

For more information on the New Jersey Office of Apprenticeship, visit https://www.nj.gov/labor/career-services/apprenticeship/index.shtml

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