New Program to Help CT Get Back to Work

June 12, 2020 

Governor Lamont announced the CT Back to Work Initiative, a public-private partnership that will provide resources to workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The DECD Tech Talent Fund enabled the expansion of vital remote learning tools for our residents.

Partnering directly with, Metrix Learning, 180 Skills, the Governor’s Workforce Council, and the Department of Labor, the program will provide Connecticut residents with a customized job portal, career services, and online job training. The program will benefit residents searching for work or looking to develop new skills. It will also connect employers with qualified candidates.

The state will also host an Indeed Virtual Hiring Event from June 16-18 to connect businesses with unemployed individuals in Connecticut.

Finally, the new program will bolster the state’s existing workforce training program, SkillUp CT, which launched in May and has already helped 9,000 Connecticut residents. SkillUp CT offers residents access to more than 5,000 free online courses and certification programs from Metrix Learning.

The expanded program now includes free courses from 180 Skills, an online training provider with hundreds of industry-aligned courses focused on manufacturing and general employability skills. Connecticut residents who filed for unemployment insurance are eligible for a 12-month 180 Skills license for free.