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Funding through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development may be available for programs that will assist in upgrading the skills and productivity of the agricultural workforce.

Customized Training Initiative: Designed to create and retain a well trained and highly skilled workforce. This program can help employers tailor training programs to improve their workers' production capabilities and, in turn, their bottom line. Examples include training on specialized machinery, literacy, and basic skills or learning to use a personal computer.

Basic Skills Program: Designed to teach basic reading comprehension, math, English proficiency, computer, language and work readiness skills.

Occupational Safety and Health Training Program: Funds are used to provide occupationally related safety and health training to workers and students participating in occupational or school careers training. Trainers will visit the farm site, review existing safety measures and suggest alternative for OSHA compliance. Because the Department of Labor and Workforce Development proactively works with the farmer, OSHA audits may be exempted for that period for the farmer.

Youth Transition to Work (YTTW): YTTW is a well-established partnership of the Department of Labor, Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, and the state AFL0-CIO. The programs provides funding to employers, organized labor and schools to implement school to registered apprenticeship tranisition programs. Apprenticeship consists of structured on the job training and classroom instruction.

New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP): MEP is a nationwide network of resources transforming manufacturers to compete globally, supporting greater supply chain integration and providing access to technology for improved productivity. MEP has 350 centers nationwide that work directly with area manufacturers to provide expertise and services tailored to their most critical needs, which range from process improvements and worker training to business practices and applications of information technology. Solutions are offered through a combination of direct assistance from center staff and outside consultation.