U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is announcing that the Maine Department of Labor will receive a $4,850,000 grant to help train workers -- who lost a job through no fault of their own -- for new careers in high-demand industries. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which says the funding will allow states like Maine to create or expand employer partnerships that provide for on-the-job training, apprenticeships and other types of occupational training. The funding will also cover some employment services for laid-off workers.
"I have always said that Mainers are among the most skilled and hard-working employees in our nation," said Michaud. "I'm glad that this funding will help Mainers who are eager to get back to work, particularly in cutting-edge sectors that I believe will define our economy as we move forward. This funding is good news for Mainers, for our communities and, ultimately, for our state's economy."
The funding is particularly helpful and timely, as House Republicans continue to block the extension of critical Unemployment Insurance benefits that would provide needed assistance to an estimated nearly 12,000 Mainers. Michaud is a co-sponsor to a House companion of legislation that passed the Senate -- with bipartisan support -- extending unemployment insurance.