Gov. Sonny Perdue wants unemployed Georgians to be “work ready.” And he’s got more than $4 million in federal stimulus money to try and make it happen.
Perdue this week unveiled the launch of Be Work Ready, a state program designed to help unemployed workers jump start job searches and develop confidence and competitive advantages in the job market. The new program is an offshoot of the existing Georgia Work Ready, which allows unemployed workers to earn a “Work Ready Certificate” by taking a job skills assessment.
The key to the new program is a cash incentive. Job seekers who earn a “Work Ready Certificate” through the governor’s Office of Workforce Development can earn Visa gift cards worth up to $100.
Only those who currently have a certificate are eligible for the program.
The state has $4.2 million in federal stimulus money set aside for the gift cards, which are designed to be used to buy goods or services to help in the job hunt, said Debra Lyons, director of the Office of Workforce Development.