Friday, June 12, 2020
Connecticut teams up with Indeed on back-to-work initiative

HARTFORD, CT -- Connecticut has teamed with employment search engine Indeed to create a state-specific online portal to link those who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic with employers as the economy reopens. Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday the portal is the first of its kind in the country and part of a new program called the CT Back to Work Initiative, which also will include an online job fair and online job training programs for the approximately 610,000 state residents who have filed for unemployment during the pandemic.

Monday, May 4, 2020
Governor Lamont Announces Statewide Launch of Free Online Job Training Program for Unemployment Claimants

HARTFORD, CT -- Governor Ned Lamont today announced the statewide expansion of a program that will make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those who have been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The SkillUp CT program will significantly expand access to comprehensive online course work from a leading global provider for thousands of Connecticut residents. The program will be funded by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) under an existing grant to the state’s five regional workforce boards.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Want to read Ned Lamont’s playbook? Start here. - He Announces a New Governor's Workforce Council

HARTFORD, CT -- Lamont signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Workforce Council, an effort to deliver on a campaign promise to bring new methods and energy to workforce development, a buzzword that suggests a holistic approach to what once was called job training. It is tasked with expanding the workforce, then matching supply with significant demand. Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Presidetn Jay Williams was appointed one of twenty-three council members.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Key to CT Economy, Manufacturing Growth Strongest in Eastern CT

HARTFORD, CT -- Eastern Connecticut manufacturing jobs grew four times as fast as the rest of the state between 2015 and 2019, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association is reporting. Two-thirds of all statewide manufacturing job growth during that period took place in the eastern region's 41 communities, ranging from Lyme to Stonington in the south to Union and Thompson in the north.