NUMMI workers’ retraining grant announced
May 26, 2010
• $5 Million to retrain autoworkers for different careers
• Nothing specifically earmarked for Central Valley
A state Employment Development Department grant of more than $5 million is expected to help open the doors to new careers for the thousands of Californians who lost their jobs due to the closing of the New United Motors Manufacturing Inc., (NUMMI) auto plant in Fremont on April 1.
“The closing of the NUMMI plant dealt a painful blow to the longtime productive workers who now find themselves without jobs in the midst of this deep nationwide recession,” says Victoria Bradshaw, secretary of the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
EDD says “One-Stop Career Centers” in Silicon Valley, Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties will use the grant money to offer former NUMMI workers recruitment, testing, assessment, transferable skills analysis, resume writing, job search workshops, job clubs, basic/remedial education, individual employment plans, career counseling, job placement, on-the-job training, classroom training including occupational or vocational skills training, in-depth supportive services, stress counseling and other necessary services.
Apparently none is planned for the Central Valley, where more than a dozen small businesses that supplied parts to the NUMMI plant closed when their single customer shut down.
The EDD did not immediate respond to a request for comment as to what, if anything, might be planned for Central Valley auto workers thrown out of work by the NUMMI closure.
EDD says NUMMI-impacted dislocated workers will be trained in a variety of in-demand occupations, many of which will be in the emerging green industry.
The grant was awarded to the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network and the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County.
Funding for the program is drawn from the Governor’s 25 percent portion of Dislocated Worker Funds from Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act and is under the administrative authority of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s EDD.