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U.S. Department of Labor: TechHire Partnership Grants

Deadline: March 11, 2016

The TechHire initiative is a multi-sector approach to train workers with the information technology (IT) skills required for well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. Filling these jobs is critical for employers throughout the United States, and the TechHire initiative aims to bring together communities, employers, and workers to meet the demands of the resurging American economy and fuel the next generation of American innovations.

TechHire Partnership grants will be made to ensure that Americans who are most in need – youth and young adults ages 17-29, individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with criminal records and other unemployed, dislocated, underemployed, and front-line incumbent workers — have access to new, innovative training opportunities that produce quality results, and to the customized guidance and supportive and specialized services to gain employment in and advance to new positions in H-1B occupations and industries. These funds can be used to support training services in occupations for which H-1B visas have been certified, or other occupations in industries in which a significant number of H-1B visas are certified. These grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.

Projects funded by this grant program will help participants begin careers in H-1B occupations and industries which are in-demand and/or high growth in the area applicants are proposing to serve. On a limited basis, this grant program will also enable applicants to work with companies on increasing the skills of existing workers in lower-skilled jobs to move into more highly skilled positions requiring technology-related skills.

These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations to address the following goals for the target populations:

  1. Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide the fastest paths to good jobs, such as “bootcamp” style programs, online options, and competency-based programs to give people the skills required for employment in three months to two years among people with historic barriers to accessing employment and training
  2. Improve the likelihood that those populations complete training and enter employment, through specialized training strategies, supportive services and other focused participant services that assist targeted populations to overcome barriers, including networking and job search, active job development, transportation, mentoring, and financial counseling
  3. Connect those who have received training or who already have the skills required for employment, but are being overlooked, to employment, paid internships, or Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that allow them to get work experience and prove themselves to hiring employers
  4. Demonstrate strong commitment to customer-centered design and excellence in customer experience, so that the programs and services reflect real need of employers and participants, through human centered design methodology and other methods of design thinking
  5. Ensure that innovations form the basis for broader change and sustainability over time and that a clear strategy exists for adapting to rapidly changing market needs after the initial period of the grant

Amount: Grants will range from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 each; with 30-40 grants anticipated. At least $50 million of this funding opportunity will be awarded to applicants proposing programs serving out-of-secondary school youth and young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 with barriers to training and employment as their primary target population.

Eligibility: Public or non-profit organizations serving as the lead applicant for a consortium which must include the following as members: the public workforce investment system; education and training providers, such as community colleges, community-based and faith-based organizations, and “bootcamp” style tech programs; and a business-related nonprofit organization, an organization functioning as a workforce intermediary for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, a consortium of three or more of businesses, or at least three independent businesses.

Link: http://www.doleta.gov/TechHire/applicant_Information.cfm

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