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(AJC) — Good idea or bad?

The Georgia Department of Labor is expanding its Georgia Works training program to include people who are not receiving unemployment insurance.

Up to now, the program has allowed those getting unemployment benefits to receive six weeks of on-the-job training from a participating employer.

The employer gets to train and size up the worker — but does not pay him or her. The worker gets training and a foot in the door, while receiving unemployment benefits, plus a stipend of up to $100 a week to offset expenses, such as child care and transportation.

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