The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced this week that up to $90 million will be awarded through National Emergency Grants to fund on-the-job training. The ARRA-backed grants will go to state and local workforce boards, as well federally recognized Indian tribes.
Here’s more information from the ETA’s training and employment notice (PDF):
Current economic conditions have contributed to an increased number of significant layoff events across the nation. In addition, many regions have experienced an increased number of smaller, staggered dislocation events that occur over time. Estimates show that nearly 8.4 million Americans have lost their jobs further illustrating the severity of this recession. Job creation has been slow in returning to the most impacted communities and many newly-created jobs will require updated skill sets. In March 2010, nearly 162,000 jobs were created and it is critical that OJT opportunities be made available to dislocated workers to learn the skill sets necessary to fill those positions.
EMSI has the labor market and skills data to help WIBs with their applications. In fact, several of our clients have benefited from National Emergency Grants in the past. Here are two examples:
- Central Florida workforce board helps jobseekers train for careers in energy
- EMSI, Maher & Maher work to transform Iowa town after Whirlpool/Maytag closure
Click here for more on the grants from the National Skills Coalition.