Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $12 million in grants to fifteen projects across the state through the fourth round of the Workforce Development Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs. These grants will support the training of more than 2,000 workers through collaboration between training providers and more than 100 employer partners in fields like construction, building maintenance, industrial manufacturing, renewable energy and software engineering. The Office, which operates under Empire State Development, is charged with supporting industry-driven workforce development programs and practices to ensure New Yorkers are prepared to meet the needs and priorities of employers.

“Developing the workforce of the future is crucial for our continued economic success,” Governor Hochul said. “This new round of strategic workforce development grants will continue our mission to help all New Yorkers acquire sought after skills employers require while providing essential wraparound services so that those who have been traditionally left behind can thrive in the workforce of the future.”

This fourth round of awards from the Office of Strategic Workforce Development brings the total investments from four rounds to more than $36 million that will leverage more than $38 million in public and private funding and support over 11,000 trainees for over 400 business partners.