State Approved Training
You may be able to collect your unemployment benefits while attending a training program. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development must approve the training. If your training is approved you will not have to look for work or accept work while you are attending training. Occupational or skills enhancement training may include technical and college training programs.
Training may be approved if:
- The training is for a labor demand occupation and likely to enhance your marketable skills and earning power. Training can include vocational, remedial education or a combination of both.
“Labor Demand Occupations” are occupations for which there are, or likely to be, more job openings than there are adequately trained workers.
- The training is full-time. If training is part-time, you must be available for and actively seeking full-time employment in order to collect unemployment benefits.
- The training provider or school has met all state and local requirements to be approved to give training.
- You can reasonably be expected to complete the program.
Approved training does not include on-the-job training or other training under which an employer pays you for work performed.
You can enroll with the assistance of a state career counselor. If you are a New Jersey resident or a commuter and are unsure if you need training to become reemployed, please sign up for an orientation on training opportunities at your local One-Stop Career Center. Our trained career counselors can guide you in your plan to become reemployed. The telephone number and address of a center nearest your home can be found at careerconnections.nj.gov.