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$1.3 million jobs grant targets two high unemployment upstate counties

ALBANY – A grant to provide occupational training to unemployed individuals and assist them in obtaining employment in Jefferson and Lewis counties was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The grant, funded through the United States Department of Labor, will award up to $1.3 million to eligible private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, training providers and the local workforce investment board.

“One of my administration’s top priorities is to help out-of-work New Yorkers find employment, and today we’re taking another step forward for jobseekers in Jefferson and Lewis Counties,” Governor Cuomo said. “This additional funding will provide unemployed New Yorkers with the resources they need to secure a job, while also helping local businesses expand their workforce. I encourage all interested businesses to apply for this funding today.”

The program will train dislocated workers, with priority given to those who have been unemployed long-term. A dislocated worker is an individual who has been or will be terminated or laid off and is unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation. A long-term unemployed dislocated worker has been unemployed for at least 27 weeks.

The funding will support two types of occupational training:

  • Work-Based Learning, including: On-the-Job Training (OJT), Customized Training, and Registered Apprenticeships;
  • Classroom-Based Learning that leads to industry-recognized credentials in high-demand occupations, such as Class-sized Training (through contracts with institutions of higher education or other eligible training providers) and Remedial Training.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have two or more employees (principals of corporations and owners of businesses such as sole proprietors or partners are not considered to be employees for this criterion);
  • Be physically located in one or more of the two New York State counties with the highest average unemployment rates over the last year (March 2013 – March 2014) that have populations of 250,000 or less; 
  • Be in good standing regarding: Unemployment Insurance, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Public Works, Labor Standards, Safety and Health, NYS Department of State Division of Corporations, Workers Compensation Insurance, and Disability Insurance.

Applications will be received through August 22, 2014 and can be found at www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/PDFs/DWTNEG_RFA.pdf.