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Assembly Advances Democrat-Sponsored Bill to Create New Workforce Development Programs

(TRENTON) – Aiming to strengthen workforce development programs in New Jersey, Assemblyman William Spearman sponsors legislation (A-583) that would allow businesses to work with educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to set up pre-employment training programs to create new occupation pathways for workers. The Assembly passed the legislation unanimously.

“This legislation will help ensure that all workers in New Jersey have an opportunity to grow their careers while providing a pipeline of talent for companies struggling to find employees,” said Assemblyman William Spearman (D-Camden, Gloucester). “Our economy benefits when our workforce is expanding.”

Under the bill, known as the “New Jersey Works Act,” businesses would receive tax credits to cover the costs of establishing training programs. The programs must offer 12 weeks of paid training for each participant, who would receive instruction in basic math and English literacy, job readiness skills training, resume preparation and communications skills, among other areas.

Participants are required to be at least 16 years old and would receive the minimum wage.

Once training is completed, participants would be offered employment at the businesses that have provided the training.

The bill awaits further consideration in the Senate.