Help for laid-off pharma workers

Laid-off pharmaceutical workers can apply for training dollars from the New Jersey's Department of Labor and Industry. The department has received $1 million of a $3.6 million federal grant intended to keep pharmaceutical talent from leaving the state.

The grant doesn't apply to everyone -- just to workers with particular skills laid off from particular pharmaceutical companies after certain dates. Qualified candidates can receive up to $5,000 in training funds that may make them employable in New Jersey's biotech sector.

Employees laid off from the following companies may be qualified: Amicus Therapeutics, Cranberry, laid off Jan. 1, 2010 or later; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Plainsboro, laid off Jan. 27, 2010 or later; Hoffman-La Roche, Nutley, laid off June 30, 2010 or later; Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, laid off Jan. 8, 2010 or later: Merck & Co., Kenilworth, laid off Feb. 9, 2010 or later, Merck & Co., Rahway, laid off Feb. 16, 2010 or later; Pfizer, Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction, laid off Jan. 31, 2010 or later and Pfizer, Deerpark Dr. in Monmouth Junction, laid off Jan. 31, 2010 or later.

For more information, contact 

Morris County One-Stop Career Center
Paul Cecala 973-285-6880 x233

Somerset County One-Stop Career Center
Elizabeth Tong  908-541-5780 x6260