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Jersey City starts pair of job programs: construction and EMT training

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Jersey City officials have launched two new job training programs — in the construction and emergency medical technician fields — that they say are the first of several new employment programs in the works in the Hudson County seat.

One is an apprenticeship program with the New Jersey Laborers Union, where 27 city residents are learning construction skills, according to a news release. After training in Jamesburg, the participants will be put to work later this month at construction sites in Jersey City.

The other program, a partnership with Jersey City Medical Center, is a free, 20-week EMT training program for 14 city residents who will be placed in local employment following the course, the news release said. The course started last week and will run through Nov. 25.

The program is free to students, thanks to a mix of city and state funding sources.

“These programs are having a real impact on the lives of our residents, providing lifelong career skills and meaningful employment,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a prepared statement. “We know there is a great demand for these types of jobs and (Jersey City Employment and Training Program) is working every day to build relationships with the many employers in Jersey City to create opportunities for our residents. Our goal is to provide a variety of career choices that will suit the skills and talents of our entire Jersey City community.”

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Joshua Burd

Joshua Burd

Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. His email is joshb@njbiz.com and he is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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