Funds are available for on-the-job training of long-term unemployed

ALBANY - State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera recently announced that New York still has nearly $4 million available in federal funding to help businesses hire long-term unemployed workers through the On the Job Training Program.

These grants are proven job creators with past grants responsible for 445 businesses hiring 844 workers since 2011.

"This program is a great resource for New York businesses to expand their workforce and hire qualified individuals," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. "I encourage any company looking to hire skilled and ready-to-work New Yorkers to take advantage of these federal grants now."

The grant provides training subsidies of up to $23,000 per worker -- funded fully by a $6.4 million federal grant -- to encourage the hiring of long-term unemployed workers and help offset the cost of training.

The grants target New Yorkers who have been unemployed for 20 weeks or more. The funding goes to employers to cover 50 percent to 90 percent of training-related expenses.

Businesses can learn more by sending an email to OJT-NEG@labor.ny.gov or visiting http://www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/ojt.shtm