Portland Area to Receive Roughly $2M in Training Resources

July 27th, 2015

The Portland Metro area will get an influx of training resources to assist job seekers and incumbent workers at target sector businesses.

The State of Oregon has received a $6.8M National Emergency Grant to support sector work and an estimated $2M will be coming to the Portland area. Worksystems will manage these resources and make them available through WorkSource Portland Metro.

Grant funding will be available to train 225 job seekers with a focus on dislocated workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks, unemployment insurance claimants likely to exhaust their benefits, and veterans (who will receive Priority of Service).

The grant will also be used to train 200 incumbent workers from employers across our region's 4 targeted sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, IT/Software, Health Care, and Infrastructure/Construction.

A variety of training vehicles will be available including On-the-Job training, pre-apprenticeships, customized cohort-based training, and stackable industry-recognized credentials. Participants will be prepared for in-demand occupations in key industry sectors and businesses will have access to the trained labor pool necessary to compete and grow.