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N.Y.: OJT Grants Promote Hiring of Long-Term Unemployed

By BLR® —Business & Legal Resources  10/25/2012
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a campaign to combat long-term unemployment, including $6 million in federal grants for New York companies that hire workers who have been unemployed for more than six months. The governor has also deployed a mobile response team to help jobseekers in high unemployment areas.

The $6 million in funds will extend the New York labor department’s existing on-the-job training (OJT) program, which provides subsidies of 50 percent to 90 percent of wages for training periods of up to six months. To qualify, companies must hire eligible workers as full-time employees. Eligible workers are those who:

  Are enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker program.

  Have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.

  Have had a skills assessment through JobZone/O*Net.

  Have a dislocation date of Jan. 1, 2008, or later.

The governor’s mobile response team will offer reemployment services through one- and two-day events in libraries, schools, and community centers located in high unemployment areas. DOL’s local business service representatives will contact local employers to find job opportunities that meet the terms of the federal OJT grant.

For more information about OJT grants, visit http://tinyurl.com/ny-ojt.

Contributed by BLR®—Business & Legal Resources. Read plain-English analysis on Training in New York.

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