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Donald E. Williams, Jr.

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Representing Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson & Windham

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April 11, 2012

Williams Hails Expansion of Green Jobs Funnel

Job training to prepare local residents for work in green construction industry

State Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr., (D—Brooklyn) joined with Connecticut Labor Commissioner Glenn Marshall to announce the opening of three new “Jobs Funnel” locations to serve a greater population of job-seekers. The new offices will open up in Bristol, New Britain and eastern Connecticut. Currently, “Jobs Funnel” offices exist is Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury. The program is open to eligible people from all over Connecticut.

A special “Green Jobs Funnel” initiative funded by a $5.8 million federal grant awarded to Connecticut last year means there will be a focus on training people for jobs in the green technology and construction sectors.

“Our top priority, this legislative session, is putting Connecticut residents back to work and growing jobs,” said Senator Williams. “The expansion of the Connecticut Green Jobs Funnel Initiative will prepare more local workers for the good-paying green jobs of the future."

“The first Connecticut Jobs Funnel, launched in 1999, has placed more than 2,600 participants into employment and apprenticeship training programs with an average starting hourly wage of $14.70. The success of this program makes our Jobs Funnel program a national model for training low-income and disadvantaged adults for careers in construction,” said Commissioner Marshall. “The state’s expanded Jobs Funnel program will play an important role to ensure qualified, well-trained workers are in place, supporting Governor Malloy’s efforts to promote job creation and employment opportunities for our residents.”

The state Department of Labor anticipates that future green construction investments in Connecticut will total $1 billion annually and will result in almost 20,000 new jobs over the next decade. The state also predicts there will be a 33 percent increase in construction industry employment by 2018, so the program aims to help build a highly trained green construction workforce to take over those jobs.

The Jobs Funnel program is a training initiative that helps people acquire the skills and certifications needed to enter the trades. The program has become a national model for promoting local hiring and placement into good-paying jobs. With the new funding and the expansion plans, the program seeks to reach out to returning veterans, urban populations and minorities.

 

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