New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced a program today to help unemployed pharmaceutical workers retrain for new jobs.
Businesses can receive up to $14,000 over six months if they are willing to retrain and employ former pharma workers from approved locations of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hoffman-La Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., and Pfizer companies.
The federal grant, received in October 2010, is being managed by the Life Sciences Talent Network at BioNJ. The grant is only available for a limited time, the labor department said in a press release issued Monday afternoon. The BioNJ folks will help screen potential employees.
The release leaves questions unanswered: How much is grant? Why, if the grant was received in October, 2010, which was the highest month for unemployment nationally at 10 percent, is the money just becoming available now? What types of workers will qualify?