Acting Governor Kim Guadagno announced $300,000 in training grants Thursday that aim to fund redevelopment projects in Newark.
The grants will be specifically used to train about 40 women and minority Newark residents for apprenticeships in building and construction trade jobs, the acting governor announced. The workers will then be placed on ongoing construction projects in Newark.
“This is a unique partnership involving the Christie Administration, the construction unions, nonprofit organizations and the city of Newark to improve the employment and long-term earning potential of Newark residents by training them for jobs in the overall revitalization of this city,” Guadagno said in a statement.
The grant comes from the New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity. The funds, which will be released through the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will cover training by the Roofers Local #4 Apprentice Program in West Orange and the Institute for Social Justice based in Newark.
Guadagno announced the grant at Newark’s Teachers Village construction project. The $150 million project is a mixed-use development being constructed along four blocks of Halsey Street between the Prudential Center and the University Heights section of the city.
The acting governor was joined by Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
“In the midst of tough economic times, the city of Newark is advancing many transformational economic development projects that will change the Newark landscape for decades to come,” Booker said in a statement.
“These construction projects will require trained workers, and the need for them in Newark is greater than ever,” he said.