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Program helps to create Connecticut jobs

Posted on December 1, 2014

The state’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program known as “Step Up” is helping small businesses create Connecticut jobs.

The program assists with workforce training and is continuing its efforts to expand its job creation goals, resulting in nearly 700 companies creating 2,743 new jobs in the state since its launch.

Step Up provides either a wage subsidy or training grant of up to $12,500 to eligible small employers with a workforce of 100 or less for the first six months that an employee is hired.

Qualified participants are typically residents who may have some of the necessary job qualifications but who still require on-the-job training to meet the needs of the company.

“Growing jobs continues to be a priority for our state and Step Up has proven to be a valuable catalyst in providing employment to over 2,700 people – in careers ranging from project engineers and welders to accountants and customer service,” Connecticut Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner Dennis Murphy said. “With each additional job created, Step Up brings new opportunities for growth in Connecticut and getting its residents back to work.”

“Step Up is an important initiative we launched that is targeted at creating new jobs for unemployed workers, many of whom are well-educated and skilled but may need new training for specific positions,” Governor Malloy said. “By collaborating with small businesses – which account for 94% of Connecticut’s employers – we are helping these companies grow and in turn this program is strengthening our local economy.”

The Unemployed Armed Forces Member Step Up Program is open to any unemployed veteran with an honorable discharge.

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