Labor Department creates Business Partnership Division

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is creating a new division to deal with worker training grants.

Commissioner Greg O'Claray said Monday the Division of Business Partnerships will work with employers to determine what jobs Alaska needs to train workers for. It will arrange for federal grants the department receives to flow to programs that provide that training.

The division will support several boards, such as the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, that are charged with setting policy for use of the federal training dollars.

Some employees will be shifted to the new division from the Employment Security Division, which handles unemployment claims and job placement. O'Claray did not know how many employees would be affected.

Employees will not be taken from worker safety or wage and hour enforcement programs for the new division, O'Claray said.

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