Former New Jersey prisoners may have an easier time finding sustainable work in the construction sector thanks to new state grant money for a pre-apprenticeship training program.
The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), headed by former Gov. Jim McGreevey, has just been awarded $843,000 by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to fund its already established training program for underserved individuals — including former prisoners, women, and minorities — for employment in the state building and construction trades.
The pre-apprenticeship program, NJBuild, is open to individuals in seven counties (Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Middlesex, Monmouth, Middlesex, and Somerset) throughout northern and central New Jersey; with the fresh funding, it will take on new participants starting on September 4. NJBuild serves as a precursor to union-required apprenticeship and training programs in construction and provides participants with access to education, certification, and hands-on training to prepare them for the field.