$450M in US Labor Department grants available to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers
Grant solicitation is the final installment under four-year, nearly $2B initiative
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of the final $450 million in grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. Over the last three years, these unprecedented investments have helped expand the capacity of the American community college system to provide accessible training programs that connect people to available jobs in growing industries in their communities. These grants are an important part of the Obama administration’s job-driven skills agenda and are being implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.
“Through the first three rounds of grants more than 800 colleges across the country are helping to build strong ladders of opportunity that allow people to secure a foothold in the middle class, while also supporting businesses to compete and grow,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This final round will help scale what works, strengthen career pathways and improve the way employment and education data are used in assessing programs throughout the country.”
Previous grantees have leveraged strong partnerships between community colleges, the workforce system, employers and industry groups to transform the way they design and deliver courses through accelerated learning strategies; redesigned curricula; distance learning; work-based training, such as Registered Apprenticeships; and innovative uses of technology to enhance learning activities. This solicitation continues to promote these strategies.
“Community colleges play a vital role in equipping our nation’s students with the skills they need to meet the demands of today’s careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This program is not about tinkering — it’s about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll — it’s about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs.”
The program is designed to ensure that an eligible institution in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive dedicated funding of at least $2.25 million. Single institutions may apply for grants of up to $2.5 million and consortia of institutions within the same state or among institutions that share an economic region may apply for grants up to $15 million.
This round of funding strengthens employer engagement throughout the grant process. Successful applicants will design programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of multiple employers within an industry sector by working closely with regional and national employers and industry groups. These employer and industry partners will help identify and map necessary skills and competencies, as well as assist in designing curricula, programs, assessments or credentials that will help quickly connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.
The final round of grants will place a priority on three additional goals by making additional funding available to those applicants who propose to:
- develop partnerships with national industry groups or employers to scale strategies across the country;
- engage employers, educators, Registered Apprenticeships and the workforce system to support the development or expansion of state career pathways systems; or
- improve the integration of state employment and education data.
In an effort to scale promising practices from previous grants and sustain meaningful improvements to the community college system, additional preference will be given to collaborations that include:
- in-depth employer partnerships, such as work-based learning and commitments to hire;
- partnership with the workforce system and the network of nearly 2,500 American Job Centers to help support program implementation; or
- partnerships with Registered Apprenticeship sponsors in their local and regional areas, particularly in occupations and industries with expected workforce shortages.
Those interested in applying for the newly available funding should visit http://www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2014.
Eligible applicants include community colleges and other public, proprietary or nonprofit educational institutions that offer programs that can be completed in two years and are accredited by an agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Transforming Apprenticeships for the 21st Century
by ERIC SELEZNOW on APRIL 17, 2014 · dol.gov
On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Pennsylvania to announce new actions to enhance job-driven training across America. A key focus of the president’s remarks was how apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to good, high-paying jobs. As he mentioned, 9 out of 10 apprentices get hired for full-time jobs after completing their program, and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is more than $50,000. Expanding apprenticeship opportunities will give more Americans a chance to secure a foothold in the middle class.
Several new efforts will help double the number of apprenticeships over the next five years, a goal the president laid out in his State of the Union address. For the first time, the Labor Department is making $100 million available help more workers participate in apprenticeships. The grant competition will launch this fall and will be funded by fees employers pay through the H-1B visa program to hire temporary high-skilled foreign workers.
Using these existing funds, the new American Apprenticeship Grants competition will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. These partnerships will help expand tried-and-true apprenticeship models to newer, high-growth fields like information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing; making sure apprenticeships are a launch pad for further learning and career advancement; and scaling up those apprenticeship models that have been effective.
The president also announced new partnerships on the federal side as well. The Labor Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are teaming up to increase veterans’ access to apprenticeships. We are collaborating to make it easier for employers to provide a fast track for their veteran employees to access GI Bill benefits for registered apprenticeship programs. This will help make sure more than 9,000 veterans in apprenticeship programs – like Erick Valera – receive the benefits they have earned.
April 16, 2014
FACT SHEET – American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class
American Job Training Investments:
Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class
To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs. Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families feel more secure in their jobs and help American businesses grow our economy. But too many businesses can’t find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while too many people looking for a job may be ready to learn new skills but may not be certain that there’s a job waiting for them on the other end. Community colleges are one of the best ways to train workers with the skills they need for a job, and hands-on apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to a good, secure middle class job. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.
Today, as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training. These steps are part of President Obama’s commitment to make 2014 a year of action, acting with Congress when possible but also using his pen and his phone – calling on businesses, philanthropy, non-profits, states, and local communities to act.
American Job Training Executive Actions
Partnering Local Businesses with Community Colleges to Put Americans Back to Work Through a Nearly $500 Million Job Training Competition. Today, the Department of Labor is releasing the application for partnerships of community colleges, employers and industry to develop training programs that are job-driven – that is – designed to respond to the demands of employers so people get placed in jobs. As part of a nearly $500 million competition, all grantees will be required to identify sectors with open jobs to fill, partner with the public workforce system and employers in that sector to address the skills needed for these open jobs, and create pathways from entry level positions to more advanced positions to ensure room for growth for employees with even the lowest starting skills levels. This program is a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training (TAA-CCCT) competitive grant program that has, over the last three years, supported community colleges preparing dislocated workers and other adults for jobs available in their regional economies. For the first time, this year’s funding will prioritize three key goals by providing larger grants to applicants who propose to address them:
* Scale In-Demand Job Training Across the Country through National Industry Partnerships
* Advance Education & Training to Ensure a Seamless Progression from One Stepping Stone to Another
* Improve Statewide Employment and Education Data Integration and Use
Expanding Apprenticeships for Good Middle Class Jobs
* Launch apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields
* Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement
* Scale apprenticeship models that work
Making Apprenticeships Work for More Americans
* Streamlining GI Bill benefits for apprentices
* Connecting apprentices with college credit.
Business and Philanthropic Investments in Job-Driven Training
* The President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) is developing scalable apprenticeship models in high need advanced manufacturing
* The United Auto Workers, in partnership with employers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, John Deere and many others, plans to add nearly 2,000 apprentices
* UPS will add 2,000 new apprentices, including drivers and apprentices in new programs like IT, operations, and automotive repair
* The SEIU Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership (Training Partnership), in partnership with its employers ResCare, Addus, Chesterfield, the State of Washington, and others, is expanding its novel apprenticeship program for home care aides to train 3,000 apprentices a year
* North America’s Building Trades Unions pledge to add 25,000 new apprentices over the next five years
Philanthropic and Non-Profit Support to Generate Stronger Community College-Industry Partnerships
* Philanthropic Support for Potential Applicants and Grantees
* Best Practices Website for Community Colleges and Employers to Develop Job-Driven Training Partnerships
Long-Term Unemployed Make for Just as Strong Hires: Study
President Obama asks every business leader in America to help the long-term unemployed get into jobs because we are stronger when America fields a team at full strength.
CEOs Pledge Help to White House for Long-Term Unemployed
Jan 31, 2014 9:29 AM PT By Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning – bloomberg
President Barack Obama met today with chief executive officers of companies from Bank of America Corp. (BAC) to EBay Inc. who have committed to giving the long-term unemployed a better chance in the hiring process.
More than 300 companies, including retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and automaker Ford Motor Co., have signed a pledge to develop initiatives for hiring and recruiting job-seekers who have been out of work for an extended period, according to the White House.
Twenty-three corporate or small business leaders joined Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss better job training and helping people who have been jobless for years to re-enter the workforce. Among today’s participants were Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan, EBay’s John Donahoe, Boeing Co. CEO James McNerney, James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley (MS), and Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International Inc.
“Folks who’ve been unemployed the longest often have the toughest time getting back to work,” Obama said in remarks to the group in the East Room of the White House. “It’s a cruel Catch-22: The longer you’re unemployed, the more unemployable you may seem.”
The president also signed an order directing federal agencies to end hiring practices that put the long-term unemployed at a disadvantage.
A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed
Secretary Tom Perez, Gene Sperling February 21, 2014
As part of his plan to build an economy where everybody who is willing to work hard and take responsibility can get ahead, President Obama is focused on doing everything we can to create new jobs here in America – while also connecting more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.
That’s why this week the administration announced the availability of applications for $150 million in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants designed to help those facing long-term unemployment upgrade their skills and build bridges to jobs in growing areas like information technology and advanced manufacturing. These competitive grants will support partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system that not only continue building the pipeline of skilled workers, but do so by helping the long-term unemployed overcome some of the barriers they face in finding jobs.
$150M available to states to implement or expand
job-driven training programs for laid-off workers
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $150 million in funding through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.
These investments will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that results in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement, that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs. Focusing funding on proven, job-driven training strategies is a key component of the Obama administration’s agenda to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.
“Helping workers acquire the skills that employers say they need is a key way the Labor Department fulfills the president’s vision of opportunity for all,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will provide states with critical funding to implement and expand proven strategies so that workers can secure a foothold in the middle class and businesses can grow.”
In addition to expanding work-based learning strategies — which recent studies show increase employment and earnings outcomes — grantees will also develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs, such as Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Investment Act, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Funds may also be used to implement innovative approaches, such as:
- job coaching, navigation and job-matching models that help dislocated workers, particularly the long-term unemployed, receive the specialized services they need to rapidly re-enter the workforce;
- using technology and social media to recruit participants, improve job search tools, provide distance learning opportunities, and effectively collect and disseminate labor market information;
- specialized services for laid-off workers, such as financial counseling and one-on-one coaching; and
- developing employer outcome measures to track employer satisfaction and success.
Up to $150 million in grants ranging from $500,000 to $6 million are being made available to states, territories and federally-recognized tribes through the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund. Applications must be received by May 27 to be considered.