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.
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