U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
09/24/19 4:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA IHEs, nonprofit associations, and labor management organizations partnering with eligible private and public sector entities for apprenticeship programs targeting nontraditional industry sectors. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide apprenticeship skills instruction and partially offset the costs of these programs for apprentices.
The purpose of this grant program is to promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce. The overarching goals of this grant program are threefold: (1) to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to industry sectors and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships for building a skilled workforce, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and health care; (2) to promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation to a range of employers, including small and medium-sized employers; and (3) to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.
For details on target industry sectors, see page 10 of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.
Grant funds will be awarded to an apprenticeship partnership of public and private sector entities which together seek to develop and implement new apprenticeship models; or expand an existing apprenticeship program to a new industry sector or occupation, a new population, on a local/regional, statewide, or national scale.
Apprenticeship programs funded and developed under this grant program must have the following characteristics:
1. Paid Work Component
2. Work-based Learning and Mentorship
3. Educational and Instructional Component
4. Industry-Recognized Credentials Earned
5. Safety, Supervision, and Equal Employment Opportunity
For more details about program requirements, see pages 8-10 in the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.
Applicants must design workforce development strategies that comprise all of the following activities:
1) Expanding existing apprenticeships or deploying a new apprenticeship program within an H-1B industry or for an H-1B occupation in a local/regional, statewide or national scope. This includes developing program standards, meeting quality standards, and obtaining promotion and adoption by a significant number of employers within the sector;
2) Recruiting a diverse and large number of apprentices for a robust workforce;
3) Offering earn-as-you-learn education and training models that prepare individuals to successfully move into middle- to high-skilled employment;
4) Engaging a wide array of employers, large and small, in the adoption and deployment of apprenticeships to greatly expand apprenticeship opportunities; and
5) Developing a system for reviewing, approving, collecting data from, and monitoring apprenticeship programs to assess the quality of the training standards, materials, and programs.
In addition, all applicants must provide outreach plans for promoting apprenticeship to a broad network of employers, including small employers. The outreach plans must demonstrate significant reach within the identified occupation(s) or industry sector(s). Applicants must also provide customer-focused and technical assistance supports to this network of employers to enable them to implement the new apprenticeship programs.
For details on allowable activities, see pages 14-17 of the FOA document.
GrantWatch ID#: 186357
Approximately 16 to 30 apprenticeship grants
Awards ranging from $500,000 to $6 million; Only projects proposing a national geographic scope may request a funding level of $4 to $6 million.
The period of performance is 48 months with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Address mailed applications to:
The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Brinda Ruggles, Grant Officer
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210
For further information about this FOA, please contact Denise Roach, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Grants Management, at (202) 693-3820. Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and must specifically reference FOA-ETA-19-09, and along with question(s), include a contact name, fax and phone number.
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