Training Grants

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$1.8 Million in Training Grants available to local businesses

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and the New Jersey Community College Workforce Consortium are pleased to announce a unique partnership, The Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program.

Supported by a $1.88 million LWD training grant, the new training program will assist employers in upgrading the basic skills of their employees, thus helping to improve productivity and the bottom line.

Recognizing the need for training among its members, NJBIA reached out to the Consortium to help design a basic skills training program that would benefit small employers. Until now, only larger employers have been able to benefit from the state’s customized training programs.

Companies that are members of the NJBIA or a New Jersey-based chamber of commerce are automatically eligible to participate in the new program. Employers that have identified basic-skills deficiencies within their workforces should call the Consortium, which is organizing the training sessions.

The Consortium will work with each business to select basic skills courses from among the four core units available: basic communication (verbal and written); mathematics and measurements; English as a second language; and computer applications (Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook). Working within the basic course outlines, each of these courses can be customized to meet the specific needs of most employers in New Jersey.

Classes can be scheduled at your business or at Passaic County Community College. To take advantage of this exciting partnership or for more information, call the New Jersey Community College Workforce Consortium at 609-393-9009 or send an e-mail to

You can also visit to learn more about the training program.