Minnesota receives retraining grant
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has received a National Emergency Grant to provide on-the-job training, apprenticeships and other occupational training for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own in central Minnesota and Washington County. The $919,065 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will assist about 132 unemployed Minnesotans through DEED’s Dislocated Worker Program. The program is designed to help people recover as quickly as possible after losing a job.
“This National Emergency Grant will create new partnerships and give Minnesotans in central Minnesota and Washington County the training and skills they need to compete effectively for in-demand occupations,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.
Individuals served will include those who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks; unemployment insurance recipients who have been identified as likely to exhaust their benefits; and eligible foreign-trained immigrant workers who have faced barriers to obtaining employment in their profession.
The funding will concentrate on on-the-job training and developing apprenticeships in skilled manufacturing, with additional training opportunities in health care, energy production, information technology, engineers and truck/transportation in Central Minnesota, and manufacturing, health care and financial careers in Washington County.