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New Jersey Unemployment Job Training

If your job skills need revising, you can apply for counseling and a grant to pay for tuition. There are two training grant programs available for workers who are jobless.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WLA)
  • New Jersey Workforce Development Partnership (WDP)

These programs offer grants to help pay part of all of the cost of the training program. The training has to be in New Jersey. Counselors can assist you find job-related training demand occupations.

In order to apply for a training grant and for Additional Benefits during Training (ABT), you must meet with a career counselor before joining training.

  1. How do I find out about job training ?. I got laid off because cov_19.
    Need to contact someone about training. All the one stop places are closed. They usually help you with training.

  2. What a good number for out of state abt program it wont let me call them saying you must have a out of state area code

  3. My UI benefits ran out and and I just got approved for training program. I applied for ABT (Continuation of benefits) while in training program and was just denied because of reason “I voluntarily quit my job”. I resigned from my job after 3 months of not getting paid. I had sent emails asking when we would be paid and never got a response. I then sent resignation letter a week later. I also filed a wage claim with Trenton which was eventually closed and I was paid all money owed from this employer. I was approved for unemployment benefits because they said it was good cause. Now I’m being denied ABT because they are saying I quit. Would not paying your employee be considered a termination since they broke the payment agreement? How long could an employer not pay and employee before it’s considered a termination? I searched everywhere but could not find any laws on this.

    • Appeal, obviously. Forget about finding a law that’s applicable. Call your congressman if necessary. Keep fighting for what you deserve.

    • Patrick,

      In that case, you may want to consider filing an “Appeal” against the decision made by the state. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  4. I currently have a full time position in NJ. However im trying to obtain my passengers endorsement to go along with my Class A CDL. Will the state help with funding or provide training. My employer wont help financially so im at a stand still.

    • Greg,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to find out if you can claim UI benefits under these circumstances.

  5. Nobody in this state knows the answers. That is why the exodus from nj is ongoing. People are fed up with the mistreatment and govt. secrecy and corruption.

  6. will unemployment or the state assist me financially to get a CDL so i can get back to work asap? if so who do i call what is the number?

  7. I have worked my whole life and for the first time had to collect unemployment after being laid off after 12 years. I have been diligently looking and have gotten nothing more than a second interview. I applied and am going to school(online) for my masters degree in hopes of improving my chances of getting a job. Now I find out I’m just out of luck and now have no way of trying to support myself and my son? People were collecting for years, and now I only get 6 months with no more help, even though I put myself back in college? I have been paying taxes and for unemployment for over 20 years and now I am not entitled to any more help in return??

    • Omg I’m going through the exact same situation! I was laid off after 11 years, and not one company has contacted me yet, only scammers. I got laid off in June. I have the experience, and my resume is on every major career site online and still nothing. I have re-done my resume and cover letter 5x so i do not understand why no jobs are contacting me. My unemployment benefits just ended after 6 months also. I just received my last check. I do not want to go to school, because i have been to so many and I’m literally tired lol, but i was told that’s the only way to get them to extend unemployment. So i will do it. I don’t know how true it is though. I don’t wanna waste my time if they are not going to give me the extension. So what was the outcome for you? I see you posted your response in march.

      • Unemployment pays for what kind of school programs? Rutgers University has a data analytics certification that I would like to enroll. It’s tough getting in contact with anyone from NJ unemployment.

  8. I lie in Pennsylvania and am collecting UI from NJ. I am looking to get my CDL in PA. Will NJ Unemployment offer a grant for here in PA.?

    Thanks, Jeff

  9. I was surplussed in May of 2016 and my unemployment benefits ran out in November of 2016. I was informed that I am may not be eligible for the ABT program because it has been over one year since I last collected UI. Is this true? If so would I able to be appeal the decision or file a grievance? As far as I can tell I have no paperwork or verbal information stating that I had a limited window in which to apply. Any insight or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



  10. How does additional benefits (ABT) work if I’m currently in my initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and I take a 6 week training (approved by one stop, 20 hours / week) that starts and ends within the initial 26 weeks unemployment benefit period? Would this extend my benefits 6 weeks or would ABT not apply? Thank you.

    • Duke,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  11. I will be applying for unemployment in two days. I would love to get some training in technology-related areas – using the web for social media, basic html, using mobile devices, etc. Basically everything. I am an older worker and feel I should be more conversant in this stuff than I am. Thanks so much.

    • Well, that is a great idea to enhance skills.

      You can take up a course in Digital Marketing and/or Social Media Management. Please call the Labor authorities in your state to check on availability of sponsored courses or you can also check with private institutes which offer the same.

  12. I’m currently attending school training (21hrs week and receiving abt benefits). I was out once for a week (14hrs that week) twice the following week (only 7hours the second week). My question is I did
    I’d not fulfill the 20+ hours a week needed to file for my benefits. Since I can’t file for benefits for the next two weeks, will they freeze my benefits because I haven’t filed for two weeks? If so what do I need to do if this occurs ? Or can I file my benefits and state somewhere I only completed 14hrs one week and 7hours the following week? I would really appreciate a response . Thanks

    • There can be consequences if you don’t file for a certain period and do not inform them.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept immediately and let them know the reason for doing so.

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