Training long-term unemployed could mean state money for businesses

New York Air Brake in Watertown has taken advantage of the program. NCPR file photo: Joanna Richards

New York Air Brake in Watertown is among the North Country campanies that has taken advantage of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) National Emergency Grant (NEG) program. NCPR file photo: Joanna Richards

A funding program to help people who’ve been out of work for more than 26 weeks has half a million dollars still available in training grants. A press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says 44 North Country businesses (including New York Air Brake in Watertown, whose HR director is quoted in the release) have already taken advantage of the catchily-named On-the-Job Training (OJT) National Emergency Grant (NEG), and have hired 118 workers under the program.

According to the release, more than 660 businesses have been awarded nearly $9 million to train workers across the state, and they received an average of nearly $7,000 per hire, with more than 1,300 workers hired statewide through the grant funding.

Businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers might be eligible for some of $500,000 in job training grants still available.

More information for employers who might be interested in the program can be had by emailing  OJT-NEG@labor.ny.gov; job seekers can find more information by contacting a New York State Career Center (locations here.)

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1 Comment on “Training long-term unemployed could mean state money for businesses”

  1. Pete Klein says:

    Yes, business knows and has always known how to make money off of human suffering. Look at all the people who make money off of crime. Crime pays more to those who aren’t committing crime than it does to the criminals.

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