February 29, 2012

Mangano Announces Increased Funding for Job Training Program

Program Helps Residents Develop New Marketable Skills and Achieve Greater Opportunities

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded an additional $291,858 in State grants to provide education, training and subsidized job placements for eligible residents involving health care, green jobs and customer service. This latest award brings the total amount that New York State has awarded to Nassau County to $1.856 million, for its employment training and placement initiatives since January 2010.

“We recognize that many Nassau County residents continue to be negatively impacted by the economy and find themselves unemployed without the skills to re-train for new job opportunities,” stated County Executive Mangano. “Providing subsidized placements in health care positions, green jobs and customer service can provide individuals with new marketable skills and greater opportunities to secure employment. Ideally our industry partners will hire the trainees after the subsidy is exhausted which will also further help boost our local economy.”

The health care profession offers employment opportunities in skilled nursing, direct patient care, phlebotomy and EKG. The green jobs sector includes retrofitting, weatherization and office positions. In addition to job skills training, trainees will receive additional supportive services to include case management, child care, and job development leading to placement.

Social Services Commissioner Dr. John Imhof added, “These subsidized employment and training programs are a wonderful opportunity for individuals to develop new skills in areas where jobs continue to be available. We are grateful to the State for providing additional funding in order that County residents can benefit from this worthwhile program.”

Sunita Manjrekar, DSS Director of Employment notes that, “the continuing support by New York State of our employment and training programs in Nassau County is another indication of its confidence in the quality and impact of our programs during these times of continuing economic stress.”

For further information about the Subsidized Employment Program please call DSS Director of Employment Sunita Manjrekar at: (516) 227-7970.