Newark gets federal grant for performance monitoring workforce training program


The city of Newark, New Jersey plans to implement a new workforce training software.

As many businesses are beginning to use workforce training software to help make the most out of available talent in a down economy, some cities are also taking advantage of such technology. According to the Star-Ledger, a local paper in New Jersey, the city of Newark just received a $3 million federal grant to implement a training software and performance tracking program that will measure the effectiveness of its workforce training.

The city plans on spending the funds on a learning management system (LMS) and on analysts that will examine the results of the various job training initiatives the government institutes. The majority of the funds will be spent on staffing the administrators for the LMS. The city predicts it will release the data collected by the program on an annual basis to the public.

Newark's Mayor Cory Booker and the state's Department of Labor believe that the funding and the program will help them prepare New Jerseyans for the high-tech jobs that are currently in demand. In many cases, these positions get filled by either bringing in foreign workers on visas or outsourcing the roles altogether.

"What does it mean if we're doing all of this development, all of this construction, all of these companies, and we cannot connect Newark residents to those job opportunities?" said Mayor Booker. "This is the critical challenge of the 21st century. Will we prepare the workforce of Americans to meet those 21st century jobs?"

If companies wish to increase how well they're able to effectively train their own respective workforces, they may want to invest in an online training software that can also allow them to track employee progress. 

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