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Office of Workforce Competitiveness

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The Office of Workforce Competitiveness (OWC) serves as the Governor’s principal workforce development policy advisor. The goal is to ensure that Connecticut has the essential talent to support economic growth. OWC collaborates with multiple partners to align resources, coordinate employment, education and training programs and promote strategy to meet industry's projected job growth needs in Connecticut. OWC staffs and provides technical assistance to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC).

Connecticut Workforce Development Council
CT Department of Economic and Community Development
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
CT Department of Higher Education
CT State Department of Education

Special Initiatives

In addition to its policy role, the Office of Workforce Competitiveness oversees a variety of special initiatives.
  • Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up) promotes job creation and worker opportunity for Connecticut small businesses and unemployed workers and offers employer incentives for hiring new workers. Learn More

  • Jobs Funnel Initiative is comprised of public-private efforts to place unemployed and underemployed individuals in a variety of employment opportunities including construction and non-construction jobs in both union and non-union settings and apprenticeship training programs. Learn More

  • State Energy Sector Partnership offers tuition assistance and training opportunities to eligible Connecticut jobseekers in careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other industries with a green focus to promote career pathways to green jobs in construction, the building trades, and energy-related fields. Learn More

  • Connecticut Conservation Corps Program is designed to help prepare CT’s “green-skilled workforce”, on career pathways contributing to state economic growth, while helping to conserve, protect and improve the state’s natural resources and environment. Learn More



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