Gov't funding retraining for those who "will not be able to return to their previous lines of employment" because of oil disaster


Training grants available for people affected by BP oil spill, The Times-Picayune, January 25, 2011:

A meeting will be held in St. Bernard Parish on Thursday to announce a grant program for residents and businesses affected by the BP oil spill. ...

A total of $1.05 million has been allocated to St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes. Individuals or businesses may be eligible for financial assistance up to $5,000.

The grants are designed to support long-term training for individuals who, because of the spill, will not be able to return to their previous lines of employment. Training may include classroom training, on-the-job training and entrepreneurial, or micro-enterprise, training...

The program is administered through the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which will host Thursday's meeting.

Meeting Information: Thursday at 10 am, Islenos Museum Multi Purpose Building, 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard Parish.

5 comments to Gov't funding retraining for those who "will not be able to return to their previous lines of employment" because of oil disaster

  • JEC

    Sounds like a good first step--as long as jobs are there. First, what ARE the available jobs in the area? Second, it is assumed the trainee had the skills-- with training for those jobs. And of those jobs, which ones would cost less than $5,000 for re-training?
    For those trainees with families--how do families survive during the training period(housing, food, medical services)? Is that part of the "up to $5,000?"
    Am worried the "trainees" will be given "training"--and find out they do not have a job in the new field. Or that opportunist will put together bogus training programs.

  • soozla

    ...and why are they doing this? doesn't the government have confidence in its own restoration plan?

  • JEC:

    Great points. I'm very concerned because I've seen something similar happen in another part of the country.

    For re-education into a new field perhaps college would be best, and a lot more money is needed to pay for it. Grants? Does that mean taxpayers get to pay for it?

    Let the money come from BP and go directly to the individuals concerned. And get it to them now!

    Third parties are an unnecessary hindrance.

    And get it to them done now!

  • vitarich

    With only 47% of working Americans currently holding full time jobs, good luck with this idea.

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