Governor Lamont Announces Strong Enrollment in New CareerConneCT Skills Training Initiative
Over 1,108 Connecticut residents have signed up so far
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that more than 1,108 Connecticut residents have registered for CareerConnect since the state’s newest and largest job training initiative, administered by the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy, began accepting applications in August.
“We are building CareerConneCT to become one of the largest workforce development initiatives ever executed in Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “We have already received significant commitments from employers looking to hire thousands of workers in a wide range of high-quality, high-paying fields. This is an opportunity for those who are unemployed or underemployed to receive free training in an in-demand field and connect to a job opportunity waiting to be filled.
Governor Lamont established CareerConneCT as part of its administration’s ongoing efforts to get people in Connecticut whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic back to work. It is funded using $70 million in federal funding the state received from the US bailout. Over the next four years, these dollars will go to several Connecticut career training providers that offer retraining and upskilling in several industry-focused areas, including:
- Health care
- Computer science
- CDL license
- Green jobs
- Infrastructure and construction
- Life sciences
- Business services
Opportunities include short-term certificate training programs that allow participants to earn industry-recognized credentials in as little as 5-12 weeks. These training programs are offered free of charge to participants and also include support services such as child care, transportation and technology. Training providers work directly with Connecticut employers looking to fill employment opportunities as soon as possible.
Many of these programs target participants who have historically been the most underrepresented in the workforce, including BIPOC, people with disabilities, the reintegration population, youth in opportunity, veterans, immigrants, and women. .
“It’s more than professional training, it’s an overhaul of our approach to workforce development,” Connecticut Chief Workforce Officer Dr. Kelli Vallieres said. “The guiding principles of CareerConneCT are to build an inclusive, collaborative and coordinated workforce system.”
When registering for CareerConneCT, participants will be connected with the Workforce Development Council or one of the 15 community agencies that serve their area, and they will then be placed into a training program.
There are still plenty of opportunities to sign up for CareerConneCT. For more information and to register, visit portal.ct.gov/careerconnect.
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