Training & Retention

Customized Training Grants

What are Customized Training grants?

Customized training grants were established as an economic tool to help businesses in New Jersey create and retain high skill, high wage jobs. Customized training grants are available to upgrade the skills of your employees and to make you more competitive in the global economy.

Who Can Apply for a Customized Training Grant?

  • Individual employers
  • An employer organization, labor organization, or community based organization
  • An employer organization, labor organization, or a consortium made up of one or more educational or training institutions seeking to provide customized training to upgrade the job-related skills of workers employed in New Jersey

Who is considered an eligible trainee?

Applicants must propose occupational skills training for persons employed at a New Jersey facility. All trainees must be employed or hired into a permanent full-time employment by the participating business(s). Training is to be conducted with an employer's commitment to continue to employ all trained individuals for a period of at least six months following the successful completion of training.

What is considered eligible training under Customized Training?

Types of training eligible under a customized training grant include training provided by qualified in-house instructors in an on-the-job or classroom based setting for industry-specific skills sets, training provided in a classroom setting in partnership with a New Jersey based training provider, which includes New Jersey's 2 year or 4 year colleges and universities, vocational-technical schools, and other qualified training providers.

Literacy / Basic Skills Grants

This competitive grant program provides funding for basic skills training to promote and improve adult literacy in the workplace for incumbent workers in low wage, lower-skilled occupations. Examples of basic skills courses are English as a second language, basic computer literacy, basic math, and basic communications skills (reading and writing).

How Can I Apply for a Customized Training Grant and/or Literacy / Basic Skills Grant?

Our Business Services Specialists can team you up with the right partner to complete your customized training grant application. Both Burlington County College and Burlington County Institute of Technology are dedicated to the development of a well-trained workforce and will work with you to design your training program to meet the specific needs of your business. Or if you prefer to apply without assistance, you can visit the Department of Labor and Workforce Development website.