Unemployed workers may be eligible for free short-term training
May 15, 2008
Unemployed workers in Rhode Island may be eligible for up to $4,000 in free short-term training through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), according to the RI Dept. of Labor and Training. Once career counselors at netWORKri assess an applicant’s WIA eligibility and suitability for training, they may place that worker in one of 100 WIA-approved programs in such areas as business management, welding, dental assistant training, cosmetology, certified nursing assistant training, and call center certification. The more than 20 training providers for Rhode Island include New England Institute of Technology, Community College of Rhode Island, Family Resource Community Action, MTTI and the International Yacht Restoration School. For a complete list of WIA-approved training programs, visit the RI Dept. of Labor and Training web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/wio/programs.htm.
To set up an assessment with a netWORKri career counselor, the public is invited to call 888-616-JOBS (5627) or visit their nearest netWORKri center:
The federal Workforce Investment Act offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities that promote an increase in the employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills improvement by participants.
The netWORKri One-Stop Career Centers offer employment services to both job seekers and area employers and are managed and operated by the RI Dept. of Labor and Training, a netWORKri partner. Other netWORKri partners include Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston; the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island; the RI Dept. of Education; the RI Dept. of Human Services; the RI Dept. of Elderly Affairs; the RI Dept. of Children, Youth and Families; the RI Dept. of Corrections; the Office of Rehabilitation Services; Goodwill Industries; and SER-Jobs for Progress.
RI Department of Labor and Training