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New Revel Atlantic City resort receives job training grant from state

atlanticcity051311_optLt. Governor Kim Guadagno Thursday announced the award of a $2.6 million training grant that will help people qualify for more than 5,000 jobs being created by Revel Entertainment’s new Atlantic City resort that will open this spring.

“This training grant will allow local residents to obtain the full-time positions being created at the Revel resort, a company that already has generated more than 2,600 construction jobs and which brings a new promise of prosperity to this area,” Guadagno said in Atlantic City.

The 47-story Revel Atlantic City resort is under construction on a 20-acre parcel just north of the Showboat Hotel and Casino. The boardwalk resort anticipates hiring more than 5,000 people in preparation for a grand opening this spring.

The grant, approved by state Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, is being issued to Revel. Atlantic Cape Community College will handle the training of prospective employees, who will learn leadership and communication skills, along with receiving specialty instruction regarding specific jobs at the resort.

“Revel has developed a comprehensive training program designed to help job-seekers in the Atlantic City area obtain the special skills to perform the job functions needed to ensure they have employment and this unique entertainment venture is successful,” Wirths said

The Department of Labor, through its business representatives and Workforce Development staff, has been working with Revel to prepare area residents for employment through other programs such as On-the-Job training and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which aides in hiring veterans and job-seekers with barriers to employment.

Revel, committed to hiring locally, held 26 informational sessions in Atlantic City with local officials and community leaders to encourage Atlantic City residents to apply for the positions the resort will be creating.

The $2.4 billion project is being built on what is considered one of the most desirable beachfront locations in Atlantic City. The resort will be 6.3 million square feet with 1,898 guest rooms, each with an ocean view.

The Christie administration has awarded approximately $27 million in customized training grants to train about 70,000 workers at over 400 businesses since January 2010. The businesses are investing another $40 million in wages toward that training. During the same period, more than $4.2 million in workplace literacy training grants has been awarded to approximately 60 businesses to increase the workplace capabilities of more than 9,000 workers to improve vital workplace skills.

—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

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