New Jersey provides organizations with funding to enhance specific job skills that it has found to be in high demand in the near future and that will make a significant contribution to the economic well-being of the state, which the state calls “In-Demand Jobs” and job skills. Ramapo College of New Jersey is an Eligible Training Provider for Workforce Development grants through the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (NJLWD) as well as a number of New York state grantors. The general categories that qualify for NJ Skills Partnership custom training are:
- Business Administration
- Communications, English as a Second Language
- Business Skills, math
- Communications Technology
- Computer Installation/ Programming/ Systems
- Customer Service
- Data Processing
- Desktop Publishing
- Facilities Operations
- HR Management
- Information Procession
- Leadership & Management
- Lean Manufacturing
- PC Skills
- Problem Solving
- Project Management
- Purchasing & Procurement
- Selling Skills
- Six Sigma
- Team Building
- Time Management
. . . . and, about 250 more categories
What Kind of Organizations Have Secured NJ State Training Grants?
The following are some of the organizations that were recently awarded NJ Skills Partner training grants by the NJLWD:
- Church & Dwight
- General Mills
- Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Johns Manville
- Thermo Fisher
How Does It Work?
There are four steps to getting approval and implementing a New Jersey Skills Partnership organizational training grant:
- Letter of Interest. This alerts the State that you’ll be submitting a grant proposal. Letters of Interest can be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed and grants awarded four times per year.
- Grant proposal. This form has to be submitted within a couple of weeks of the Letter of Interest. It details the organizational purpose, how the training will advance the purpose and profitability, number of trainees/programs requested, and a draft budget. The State may return your proposal for revision prior to awarding a grant. Ramapo College’s CIPL is an Eligible Training Provider listed with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and we work with you to write and submit the grant.
- Grant approval or non-approval. If the State approves some or all of your grant request, it confirms the details of your program including number of trainees, number of programs, budget, grant, schedule, etc. Non-approvals are often communicated with revision suggestions for a re-application.
- Grant Close-out. The grant will require that you file 1) regular online reports with the State to update your progress toward completion of the grant, and 2) a review of the training results versus the goals set forth in the grant proposal.
How Much Can I Save?
A New Jersey Skills Partnership training grant can cover up to $50,000 in training costs. Once a grant is awarded to your company, the State will reimburse you in one of two ways: Either you will be reimbursed 50% of the employee wages incurred during the training time, or the State will reimburse you for as much as $200 per training hour to cover direct grant-funded training expenses. Savings like this can significantly reduce your overall training costs! Contact us at 201.684.7217 to review the financial details today!
How Do I Start?
You can learn more about training grants and the employee training grant application process at http://jobs4jersey.com/jobs4jersey/employers/training. Or, Ramapo’s CIPL is happy to assist you each step of the way, as we have done for a number of organizations that are currently working with us to bring grant-funded training to their employees. Call or e-mail CIPL to get started at (201) 684-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.