Governor Carney Creates Workforce Development Program

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Delaware Governor John Carney created a workforce Development Program for unemployed and underemployed Delawareans designed to help those affected by the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic get back to work.

WILMINGTON (DE): Governor John Carney on Monday signed Executive Order #43, creating the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Rapid training program initially funded with $10 million in CARES Act Funding.

The workforce development program will initially be funded with $10 million of federal CARES Act funding. Investments in workforce development were a recommendation of the Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee – chaired by Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. The committee released its interim report on Friday.

Click here to read Governor Carney’s Executive Order #43.

“All Delawareans have made sacrifices during this COVID-19 crisis. Some have made more than others,” said Governor Carney. “Delaware workers and their families across our state have lost jobs and income, but still have to pay their bills. We have a responsibility to support our neighbors who have been affected by this crisis. This new workforce development program will help provide workers with the skills they need to get back in the workforce quickly, earn a living, and support their families.”

Under Governor Carney’s order, the Delaware Department of Labor will work with the Delaware Workforce Development Board to establish approved training and certification programs for unemployed and underemployed Delawareans.

Training programs included in the rapid workforce development initiative will focus on in-demand occupations and skills currently demanded in Delaware workplaces.

“The business community across Delaware has been engaged and supportive of this important workforce development program. At the Delaware Workforce Investment Board, we are ready to support its implementation and are ready to connect businesses in immediate need of skilled workers with individuals going through the training programs to ensure we get Delawareans back to work with good paying jobs as quickly as possible,” said Gary Stockbridge, chairman of the Delaware Workforce Development Board.

Delaware Unemployment By The Numbers

March 15-21 — 10,720 claims
March 22-28 — 18,987 claims
March 29-April 4 — 18,863 claims
April 5-11 —13,258 claims
April 12-18 — 9,294 claims
April 19-25 — 7,754 claims
April 26-May 2 — 6,183 claims
May 3-9 — 5,197 claims
May 10-16 — 5,584 claims
May 17-23 — 4,651 claims

How to contact the Department of Unemployment

The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need to speak live with someone, you can reach the department’s unemployment call center at these numbers:

(302) 368-6600
(302) 739-5461
(302) 856-5611


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