Policy Agenda - A Skilled Workforce
This year lawmakers recognized that increasing the skills of Rhode Island’s workforce is vital to strengthening our economy and enabling Rhode Islanders to better support themselves and their families.
State funds are being invested in workforce training for the first time. The FY!4 budget includes $1.25 million to provide paid work-experience opportunities for unemployed adults and college students and to establish a non-trade apprenticeship program. It also creates the “Back to Work Rhode Island Program” which will allow unemployed individuals to continue to receive their unemployment benefits for up to six weeks/year while they participate in an approved on the job training program.
The budget also provides access to the child care assistance program for unemployed parents who need to child care to be able to participate in short-term training leading to a job. This new program is in effect from October 2014 to January 2015.