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Step Up is Putting People Back to Work!

Connecticut’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up) provides wage and training subsidies to employers that hire an unemployed jobseeker. The program, administered by the CT Department of Labor and the state’s five Workforce Investment Boards, helps small businesses hire employees and expand their workforce.

Step Up features two types of hiring incentives: 1). A wage subsidy, which helps pay a new employee’s salary (up to $12,000) for the first six months of employment and 2). A training grant that provides employers up to $12,500 over 180-day period to train a new employee.

Step Up also includes an Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment Program to help former military personnel find new employment. It is similar to the wage subsidy program, but open to any company, regardless of size.

Employers are praising Step Up for its ease – the application process is quick, requiring companies to complete only a few pieces of paper.


For information about Step Up, please contact your Local Step Up Coordinator.

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