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US provides millions for jobs training using stimulus dollars (ARRA)

During the decade between now and at least 2018 the United States will experience a shortage of qualified professionals and skilled workers in a wide variety of fields, from computer engineers and technicians to make up artists for the performing arts industry. Also, students or workers planning for careers in information technology or the health care industry, for example, will likely have more career options. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published their projection for the fastest growing occupations for at least the next ten years so, before planning or changing careers, consider training in one of the growing industries. To assist and plan for tomorrow’s workforce the federal government has included training funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, in a recent statement said “the (federal) workforce system will play a vital role in America’s economic recovery by assisting workers who are facing unprecedented challenges to retool their skills and reestablish themselves in viable career paths,” While ARRA money for training by itself won’t put millions of unemployed back to work, it is a significant addition to local and state job training programs that receive government funding. “New funding for workforce training and development is about $4 billion, a huge amount, and being pushed out very rapidly” says Julian Alssid, executive director of the Workforce Strategy Center, a workforce development think tank based in New York City. Listed below is a look at the training allocation numbers:
• $1.25 billion for dislocated adult workers, i.e. those laid off or who have received advanced notice of a plant or factory closing.
• $1.2 billion for dislocated youth workers.
• $500 million in state grants for employment services, especially low-income adults.
• $500 million for sustainable energy jobs training.
Knowing that training dollars are available here is a list of websites that will help identify opportunities for job seekers to use ARRA funding for training. .
USAJobs.gov here you can find employment information about federal jobs
• Here you can find Contracts that have already been awarded or up for bid
According to the Dept of Labor, professional business services, health care and social assistance jobs are also expected to have the largest employment growth through 2018. . A complete statistical breakdown of all 30 of the hottest jobs can be found in a recent CNN article. Among the worst areas for job growth are: stock/file clerks, order fillers, cashiers, except gaming, hand packing and packagers, electric and electronic assemblers, cutting, punching and press machine operators and telemarketers. For a complete list here is the Bureau of Labor Statistics 30 worst jobs for the period through 2018.
Of particular note is the absence of growth in the farming or agricultural sector, which indicates not only industries expected to grow, but those experiencing decline. This suggests, most of the expansion will occur in jobs requiring significant computer knowledge. The Vocational Information Center provides extensive resources that include general information about vocational education, career and technical education, and workforce preparation. In addition this site also provides updates on current legislation news, statistics, associations, organizations and vocational teacher preparation programs.  Click the "subscribe" button above to receive notices of the latest articles from Terry or click here to chat live.  

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