The Basic Skills Training Program is a public-private partnership between the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development and NJCCC with support from NJBIA and other business organizations. Since its inception in 2007, over 134,000 employees from over 8,500 private sector companies have received training through 11,449 classes. Last year, the program served 1,068 businesses, 72 percent of which were small businesses.
The funding would come from the Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills and be placed in an account dedicated to the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and used to administer the training.
Currently, the program is supposed to receive 13 percent of the total appropriations from the Supplemental Fund. This bill would guarantee that the appropriation would equal a minimum of $3 million and provide for extra funding if the percentage falls short of that amount.
“This bill provides a predictable and consistent funding source for a workforce development program that greatly deserves it,” Wallace said.