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Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS)

Grants to New Jersey Employers, Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Develop and Expand Apprenticeship Programs

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) - Office of Apprenticeship

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Grants of up to $80,000 to New Jersey employers, nonprofits, trade associations, labor and workforce organizations, LEAs, vocational schools, workforce development boards, and IHEs to expand and develop approved apprenticeship programs. Funding is intended to cover wage reimbursement and training costs, and to provide incentives to employees to hire registered apprentices.

The purpose of the GAINS program is to promote the expansion and development of United States Department of Labor (USDOL) approved Registered Apprenticeship programs that drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials. While this NGO describes ten (10) sectoral/occupational areas of focus, all occupations that are recognized by US DOL as “apprenticeable” are encouraged to apply.

Apprenticeship is an employment opportunity for an individual to start a new career through a training program that has both an on-the-job (paid employment) training component and an educational schooling component (related technical instruction), where individuals obtain workplace relevant knowledge and skills to be successful as they start their new career.

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality, work-based earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the USDOL (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies), resulting in a nationally recognized credential.

The GAINS program will provide New Jersey businesses/organizations or current registered apprenticeship sponsor in targeted sectors with support for new Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program development, or existing RA programs who seek to expand into new US DOL approved occupations. The GAINS program will encourage participation by providing a 50% wage reimbursement for the first 6 months of newly hired apprentices’ employment, offset costs incurred for training the new apprentice, and to incentivize employers for hiring registered apprentices from pre-apprenticeship programs. Examples of training costs include: related classroom instructor costs, materials and supplies, supervision by a journey worker, etc.

This competitive NGO is being made available to accomplish any of the following primary goals:

- Establish new and expand on existing apprenticeship programs in NJ that are registered with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL);
- Establish apprenticeship programs in occupations, sectors, or industries in New Jersey (NJ) which are not currently registered with the USDOL and are consistent with the strategic focus of this NGO.

The LWD has established the following objectives for the GAINS program:
Establish and expand registered apprenticeship programs in the following sectors:

- Advanced Manufacturing
- Bio Pharma/Life Sciences
- Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure
- Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
- Financial Services/Insurance
- Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
- Information Technology/Cyber Security
- Renewable Energy
- Healthcare
- Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations

Long-Term Objectives:

1. Increase the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs in NJ;
2. Increase the number of Registered Apprentices in NJ;
3. Provide training that leads to certifications, licenses and/or college credits;
4. Move workers from low skill entry-level positions or from industries directly affected by international trade or skill-biased technical change to full occupational proficiency;
5. Provide greater employment opportunities for members of disadvantaged classes, unemployed/dislocated workers, students;
6. Assist small businesses with developing quality training programs;
7. Develop a highly-skilled workforce that possesses the skills and qualifications demanded by businesses in NJ;
8. Increase the proficiency of NJ’s labor supply with the goal of increasing wages in the state and making the state labor market an attractive option for out of state businesses to locate;
9. Increase the number of professional credentials for residents in NJ.
10. Increased employment opportunities for residents in existing or new apprenticeable industries;
11. Recognition of registered apprenticeship as a key component of New Jersey’s Workforce Readiness System.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184661

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For new and expanding US DOL Registered Apprenticeship program applicants: GAINS funding can be used to reimburse employers up to 50% of new apprentice’s wage rate of no less than $15 per hour, working a maximum of 40 hours weekly, and for a duration not to exceed 26 work weeks. New apprentice will be defined as a new hire with an effective start date of no earlier that notice of grant funding award. This amount may not exceed $8,000 per individual apprentice, or $80,000 in total wage reimbursements. Sponsors are free to distribute the incentive among as many individual apprentices as needed (e.g. $8,000 for 10 apprentices, $4,000 for 20, $2,000 for 40 etc.)

Term of Contract:

The anticipated length of the contract period is 12 months unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the LWD.

Additionally, successful applicants may be eligible for multi-year funding awards up to three years, contingent on availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competitive grant opportunity is open to the following entities who are developing new, or building upon existing Registered Apprenticeship programs:

- Any employer;
- Employer / Trade Associations
- Any labor organization which represents workers in the occupation for which the apprentices will be trained;
- Labor/Management Partnership (public or private)
- New Jersey Local Education Agency (LEA);
- Public vocational schools within New Jersey;
- Two- and four-year institutions of higher education;
- Public or private non-profit organizations (including Community Based Organizations);
- Business or trade organizations representing a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers;
- Community-based organizations;
- New Jersey local Workforce Development Boards;
- Economic development organizations;
- Workforce Intermediary Sponsors

Pre-proposal Conference:

LWD will provide a technical assistance session to potential applicants. General guidance on completing the required forms and budget forms will also be provided. It is important that both the Program Director and Fiscal Officer attend this session. It is strongly suggested that applicants attend the technical assistance workshop.

Date and Time: Mon, November 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Way
13th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625

Pre-registration is required by 12 noon on October 31, 2018.


Pre-Application Information:

Submissions will be accepted reviewed on a rolling basis; awards will be contingent upon the availability of funds.

The FY19 schedule for submission of completed applications and the panel review dates:

Letter of Intent Acceptance Beginning: October 25, 2018
Application Acceptances Begin: October 26, 2018
Expected Panel Review begins: Week of November 5, 2018.

Final decisions on award will be communicated to the applicant no later than forty-five (45) business days following application submission. LWD reserves the right to exceed the forty-five (45) day award notice deadline should the application be deemed as incomplete.

Applications for FY19 funds will no longer be accepted after March 1, 2019.

Funding from the GAINS program are only available for applicants who are developing, or expanding upon, existing programs that are registered with United States Department of Labor and/or will be within the list of approved apprenticeable occupations:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or deliver applications to:

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Workforce Grant & Economic Opportunity
Office of Apprenticeship
P.O. Box 055, 7th floor
1 John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055
Attention: Nicholas Toth, Assistant Director

Nicholas Toth
Division: Office of Apprenticeship
Telephone Number: (609) 777-2791
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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey