The state launches 19 job training programs through CareerConneCT. The governor’s office said the $70 million program is designed to help people in Connecticut whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 get back to work.
The CareerConneCT website said it offered “retraining and upgrading” in manufacturing, healthcare, IT, CDL licensing, green jobs, infrastructure/construction, science life and business services.
Connecticut Director of Labor Dr. Kelli Vallieres said there were more than 100,000 job vacancies in the state and 67,000 unemployed and one problem was the skills mismatch.
The Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy will administer the program, which the governor’s office says is funded by the U.S. federal bailout law, and statewide and regional programs will provide short-term job training. term.
The programs to be launched are “targeted at the most underrepresented populations in the labor force, including BIPOC, people with disabilities, the re-entry population, youth of opportunity, veterans, immigrants and women. “, according to a press release from the governor’s office. .
Opportunities include short-term certificate training programs that last five to 12 weeks.
“We are building CareerConnect to become one of the largest workforce development initiatives ever executed in Connecticut, and we have already received significant commitments from employers looking to hire thousands of workers across a wide array of high-quality, high-paying domains. Governor Ned Lamont said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for those who are unemployed or underemployed to receive free training in an in-demand field and to be connected directly with an employer looking to fill jobs.”
The website says that for those eligible, all training programs are free and provide services such as childcare, transportation and technology.
“Employers have made hiring commitments for more than 6,000 positions in our fastest-growing sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, life sciences, business services , financial services and clean energy,” said Mark Argosh, chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Council. in a report.
To register for training programs or for more information about CareerConneCT, visit portal.ct.gov/careerconnect.