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Lamont Seeks to Invest $103 Million in Federal Funds to Address Employer and Workforce Needs in Connecticut

  • Governor Ned Lamont looks to dedicate $103 million in federal funds to workforce development initiatives in Connecticut
  • Investment aims to address a disconnect between Connecticut’s high unemployment rate and robust job postings for skilled workers
  • The bulk of the funding would go toward sector-based training programs for 9,000 workers

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Governor Ned Lamont is proposing that Connecticut should dedicate $103 million in federal funds to addressing employer needs and expanding job opportunities for workers who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money would come from Connecticut’s share of funding under the American Rescue Plan.

Key points of Lamont’s proposal include:

  • An effort to address a disconnect between 140,000 unemployed residents and strong job posting figures as employers seek skilled workers in high-demand fields such as manufacturing, information technology, and healthcare
  • The bulk of the funding, $95.5 million, would be used to “reskill and upskill 9,000 displaced workers through sector-based training programs”
  • The remaining funds would provide training and support at-risk and previously incarcerated youth and adults, while also extending the operating hours of 10 Connecticut Technical Education and Career System programs

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