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The Private Industry Council has let contracts worth $1.8 million to nine local organizations to provide job training and placement programs for nearly 3,000 youths and adults in Salt Lake and Tooele counties. The contracts take effect July 1.

Training programs include skills assessment, job search help, on-the-job training, basic skills enhancement, English language training, occupational skills and course work at a local college or technical school up to two years.Lee Barber, business operation manager for IBM and IPC chairman, explained, "In addition to our regular training systems, this year we have added two new courses, keyboarding and customer service. After meeting with personnel managers of local businesses, the PIC learned there is a need for these skills. We are taking positive steps to provide training to meet this local need."

Applicants must meet federal Job Training Partnership Act low-income guidelines, have a physical or mental disability or be age 55 or above and unemployed. They may call 468-3427 for more information and an appointment on or after June 24.

The division of Job Training and Development administers all federal JTPA programs for Tooele and Salt Lake Counties.