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New Jersey is spending almost $6 million to train workers for jobs in the wind energy industry and to support young companies that deal in clean energy.
The state’s Board of Public Utilities approved the money at a meeting Wednesday, pushing New Jersey to the forefront of the emerging clean energy market.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the state Board of Public Utilities said Wednesday they have approved two funding agreements.
In the first, the state will provide $4.5 million to support workforce development projects aimed at preparing more New Jersey workers for jobs in offshore wind.
Examples include a competition to develop the first Global Wind Organization safety training program in the Mid-Atlantic region; wind turbine technician training programs; a plan to establish pathways for New Jersey students and workers to enter the offshore wind industry; and seminars about offshore wind job creation for labor unions, high schools, vocational technical schools, colleges, and universities.
In the second, $1.25 million will be made available to support early-stage, New Jersey-based clean tech companies. The NJEDA plans to use this funding in partnership with the New Jersey Commission on Science Innovation and Technology to develop a grant program to aid local clean tech businesses during the proof-of-concept and prototyping stages.
The new full- and part-time jobs are working in Amazon’s fulfillment warehouses and delivery stations. Positions include preparing and packing customer orders at the fulfillment centers and getting them ready for final delivery to customers.
Wages start at $15 per hour, and employee benefits for full-time workers. Amazon also is offering a $250 or $500 sign-on bonus depending on the location. The newly-announced jobs, which are permanent and not seasonal positions, are listed at amazon.com/apply.
There are jobs available at sites in Philadelphia, Fairless Hills, Norristown, Rydal, King of Prussia, Easton, Exton, Breinigsville, Carlisle, Lewisberry, Reading, Gouldsboro, Hazleton and more.
Another 6,900 jobs will be available in New Jersey where Amazon has more than 34,000 employees at fulfillment centers, three delivery stations, 21 Whole Foods stores and one Amazon Hub Locker+ location.
The hiring spree is part of Amazon’s announcement that it is creating 100,000 new full and part-time jobs across the U.S. and Canada and comes on top of a move to add 33,000 corporate and technology jobs announced last week.
“We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, and air hubs,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.