February 7, 2021

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education announced February 4, 2021 the New Jersey Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge, a new $3 million program launched with funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities that will help establish an industry-recognized Global Wind Organization safety training program and facility to prepare state workers for jobs in the growing offshore wind industry.

The Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge will provide New Jersey-based academic institutions and training providers, including labor unions, an opportunity to submit proposals for establishing a GWO-accredited Basic Safety and Sea Survival Training program and facility in the state. The winning applicant will receive a grant of up to $3 million to support implementation of the program and construction of the facility. Funding for the grant comes from the NJBPU’s New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.

Applications for the challenge will open March 15.

Applicants will submit detailed proposals describing their planned programs. These proposals will be reviewed by an evaluation committee comprised of OSHE and NJEDA staff. The highest-scoring proposal will receive a grant of up to $3 million, based on project costs outlined in the application. OSHE and the NJEDA anticipate announcing the winner during summer 2021.

Offshore wind is a rapidly expanding international industry that Governor Phil Murphy has prioritized as a target sector for driving long-term, sustainable economic growth. The NJEDA has spearheaded initiatives to grow the industry in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Wind Port, a wind manufacturing and marshaling facility located in Salem County, and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal.

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