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The Office of Workforce Competitiveness (OWC) assists the Labor Commissioner as one of the Governorís workforce development policy advisors with the goal of ensuring Connecticut has sufficient talent to support its economic growth. OWC works to coordinate and align resources, employment and training programs, and curricula to meet projected industry and job growth needs. OWC leads Connecticutís efforts to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on behalf of the Governor.

The Adult Ed RFP for Program Enhancement Projects is now posted on the SDE web site.
https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Adult-Ed/Federal/Federal-Legislation-and-Grants/Documents

Note that the Biddersí Conference will be on Thursday, March 18th at 11:00 am.
Be sure to register first to get the link for the meeting.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3492422077776677391

OWC Initiatives

PROJECTS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE OF WORKFORCE COMPETITIVENESS

OWC provides administrative support, technical assistance and monitoring to the following programs:

JOBS FUNNEL INITIATIVE

The Jobs Funnel project places unemployed and underemployed individuals in a variety of construction and non-construction jobs in both union and non-union settings and apprenticeship training programs. Services provided include outreach and recruitment, assessment, case management, pre-employment preparation (consisting of math, remediation, life skills workshops, customized training, and/or pre-apprenticeship training), job placement, and retention support services. The Jobs funnels are located in Hartford and Waterbury.

Hartford - http://capitalworkforce.org/  |  Waterbury - http://www.nrwib.org/content/2807/default.aspx

NEW HAVEN WORKS

New Haven Works, a non-profit organization provides employers with a trained and qualified workforce by connecting New Haven residents to jobs. New Haven Works provides outreach/recruitment, assessment, case management, pre-employment, job placement; and retention support services to New Haven residents, ensures that local employers have access to trained and qualified candidates, and serves as a resource to the workforce development community. www.newhavenworkspipeline.org/          

GRANTS

RETAINING EMPLOYMENT AND TALENT AFTER INJURY/ILLNESS NETWORK (RETAIN-CT) PHASE 1

2018-2020 U.S. DEPT. OF LABOR COMPETITIVE GRANT

OWC was awarded $2,111,269 to develop a quality improvement project modeled after Washington stateís Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) program and is currently being conducted in the Hartford region of Connecticut. The goal of the project is to improve return-to-work outcomes for workers in Connecticut with musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and injuries. The project provides a unique opportunity for the collaboration of providers, insurers, injured workers, employers and state return-to-work resources. The RETAIN-CT approach includes provider training, improved employer communication and outreach, the use of very early RTW coordination and planning, and access to medical peer physician advice on best occupational health practices. www.retainct.com

 

 

 
 

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