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Funds will expand training for San Antonio jobs

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A round of funds are going to help Texas expanding its training for San Antonio jobs, among other locations around the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $138 million to 27 states and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program. The funds will develop innovative job-training programs focused on regional and industry-specific collaborations.

The funds awarded today will build on “sector strategies,” industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that align job-training programs to meet those needs of a local or regional labor market.

Sector partnerships build of the principles in Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s Job-Driven Training Report to encourage greater regional collaborations between employers, educational institutions and the local workforce system.

The awards will connect workers who lost a job through no fault of their own and individuals struggling with long-term unemployment to a broad range of services, including on-the-job training; transitional jobs, pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships; job search assistance; and career planning and job coaching.

“We must constantly innovate and expand best practices to make sure our nation’s workforce can compete in the global economy,” said. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today’s awards will help better align workforce skills with the needs of regional industries. By doing so, these funds will have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities they serve now and into the future.”