Governor Malloy announces
programs for long-term unemployed
Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently joined Labor
Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer at the American Job Center
in New Britain to unveil a three-part legislative package
designed to help return long-term unemployed Connecticut
residents to work.
The Governor presented the $3.6 million program
to the General Assembly at its February 6 opening session.
He is proposing that the Subsidized Training &
Employment Program (Step Up) be extended, and is asking for a
further investment of $10 million to fund the successful
program. Step Up provides two types of hiring incentives – a
scaled, six month wage subsidy, and a small manufacturer
training grant. Qualified participants are typically residents
who may have some of the necessary job qualifications, but who
still require on-the-job training to meet the needs of the
company. To date, nearly 2,100 unemployed residents have been
put back to work with the help of Step Up.
Governor Malloy is also proposing the following:
of a statewide program that expands the “Platform to
Employment” (P2E) pilot program now offered in southwestern
Connecticut. The program will give participants access to a
five-week intensive job readiness program, behavioral health
services, financial coaching, and an eight-week subsidized
work experience. During its first year, the program is
projected to serve up to 500 individuals who have exhausted
their unemployment benefits.
Governor is also calling for the removal of all barriers
based on employment status. His proposed legislation will
prohibit an employer or employment agency from advertising a
job opening stating that an individual must be currently
employed in order to be considered for a position, and
direct or request an employment agency screen applicants
based on employment status.
for more information on the different Step Up programs available
or to talk with a Step Up coordinator.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy provides details about
three-part legislative package designed to help
return long-term unemployed Connecticut residents to work.
Representatives from the CT chapter of the AARP stand behind
Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer during her remarks about helping
the long-term unemployed get back to work.
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