DOL has received $1.3 million in federal funds to offer businesses training support under the Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant (DWT NEG) program. This program encourages the hiring of dislocated workers, with emphasis on those who are also long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more), to enable them to upgrade their skills and obtain employment.
OJT pairs businesses with the workers you need. These new employees will require training -- which only your business can provide -- to do the new job. The program covers 50-90 percent of training-related expenses.
The DWT NEG program is for private sector for-profit businesses, private sector not-for-profit businesses, and training providers that:
- Are physically located in New York State;
- Have two or more employees (principals and owners cannot be counted);
- Provide full-time work (30 hours or more per week);
- Have hires that are employees of the business -- not independent contractors or contract employees; and
- Are businesses in good standing
The DWT NEG program covers the hiring of people who are dislocated workers, with priority in scoring given to those dislocated workers who are long-term unemployed or who have been determined to be likely to exhaust their Unemployment Insurance benefits. "Dislocated Worker" is defined as follows:
- An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or who has received notice of termination or layoff, and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
- An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or has received notice of termination or layoff, as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility, or enterprise;
- An individual who was self-employed, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions or because of natural disasters; or
- An individual who is a displaced homemaker - an individual who has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
“Long-term unemployed” is defined as an individual who has been unemployed for a minimum of 27 weeks. This includes individuals who:
- have lost their jobs during the recent recession, and:
- have exhausted their unemployment benefits; or
- have not yet reconnected with a job that provides comparable responsibility and pay (underemployment); or
- who are working part-time job(s) when they want a full-time job; or
- who have become discouraged and have stopped looking for a job.
The DWT NEG program is NOT for:
- Public entities.
- Businesses that have moved and laid off staff in the last 120 days.
- Intermittent or seasonal work.
- Training in excess of six months.
For more information on this Request for Application (RFA), review our Funding Opportunities or contact your local representative.