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  • NJ A4804
  • Establishes Green Jobs Training Partnership Program.
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Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the Green Jobs Training Partnership Program in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in consultation with the State Employment and Training Commission. The purpose of the program is to recruit, prepare, and educate individuals for entry-level green jobs with long-term career potential through paid training programs, targeting for recruitment traditionally underserved urban men, women, and youth, as well as current workers in need of skills development. Under the bill, a "green job" is defined as a job which exhibits those aspects of employment that promote energy efficiency and energy conservation, such as assistant building analyst, assistant air sealer, and insulation installer. To fulfill the purpose of the program, the department is required to annually provide a minimum of five consortia of employers, labor organizations, and education institutions with training program grants. Each program must offer 12 weeks of paid training, at a minimum wage of $15 per hour for each trainee, and include, but not be limited to, the following areas: basic math and English literacy; life skills and job readiness skills training; environmental sustainability; financial management; OSHA safety training certification; an overview of apprenticeship; vocational hard skills training in areas such as air sealing, building analysis, and insulation installing; and any other requirement deemed necessary by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. The department will provide each grant awardee with the funds necessary to reimburse employers up to 50 percent of the hourly wage paid to each trainee for the duration of the training, as well as all tuition and other direct costs of the training. To fund these costs, each grant awardee will receive grant funds pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1992, c.43 (C.34:15D-5) from the Workforce Development Partnership Fund for customized training services through the Office of Customized Training. Furthermore, the bill authorizes the department to utilize moneys collected from the societal benefits charge (SBC), a non-bypassable charge on all electric and gas utility customers to recover the costs associated with socially beneficial programs, to fund any additional expenses of the program. The Green Jobs Training Partnership Program reflects the purpose of the SBC, as it will provide a pipeline of skilled, entry-level workers capable of employment that will further advance New Jersey towards energy conservation and efficiency. In order to track program performance, each grant awardee is required to submit to the department the following information three, six, and nine months following the close of the training program: the number of participants who successfully completed the training program, and the number of participants currently placed in a green job, including each participant's job title and salary. This bill codifies the Green Jobs Training Partnership Program, a grant program established in 2009 in collaboration between the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Conserve to Preserve Foundation of the New Jersey Resources Corporation, and the New Jersey Center for Energy and Environmental Training. The program ended in 2011 due to lack of State and private funding.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Labor, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Labor Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Labor Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (52-21-2)
6/19/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 Revised 6/16/17 - A2167 and A4586 have been added. In addition t)
6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 )
6/1/2017 A Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/18/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 52 21 7
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 8 3 0