published Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Grant to fund training of new North Georgia workers

Roughly $1.1 million in federal grant money will help employers train new workers who have faced long-term unemployment in the region, according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release.

The Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board received a $1.1 million training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will benefit residents in 15 Northwest Georgia counties, including Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Walker and Whitfield.

The grant provides reimbursement of training costs to employers who hire long-term unemployed job seekers, the release states.

Training can range from six to 16 weeks. And the employer is eligible to receive a payment of as much as 90 percent of the wages earned by the trainee during this period, according to the release. A qualified trainee must be unemployed for 16 weeks or longer to participate.

For more information in Fannin and Gilmer counties, call 706-632-2033. In Murray and Whitfield counties call 706-272-2301, and in Chattooga, Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties call 706-861-1990.

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