MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County’s One Stop Career Center will target former government workers who have been laid off after receiving new funding designed to re-employ those workers in emerging industries.

New Jersey has seen large numbers of public sector workers lose their jobs, particularly in urban centers, and to serve these former public servants, the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development is partnering with selected areas by providing dedicated funds to serve this population.

Mercer County will receive $750,000 in funding to be used specifically for workers laid off from state, county, and municipal agencies.

This funding will be used to move these unemployed individuals toward new opportunities through training in labor-demand occupations and entrepreneurship. Mercer County and One-Stop will enlist its partners in providing training which will target industry sectors that are significant to the growth and/or stability of the economy. Individuals will receive both intensive, short-term, industry-specific training as well as longer term comprehensive training.

Services will include: skills assessment in order to determine marketable and transferable skills; academic assessment to determine training readiness; professional job readiness seminars to sharpen job search techniques; job search assistance to help individuals return to the workforce as quickly as possible; resume development and interviewing skills; and career counseling to enable individuals to explore career and employment options.

To be eligible to participate, individuals must have been laid off from state, county, or municipal employment in their immediate most recent employment. Individuals must provide proof of such employment. For more information, please call the Mercer County One Stop Career Center at (609) 989-6824.