New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) - Office of Apprenticeship
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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, CBOs, employers, trade and business groups, LEAs, vocational and high schools, IHEs, and government agencies for workforce development programs. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to help individuals enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs.
These pre-apprenticeship programs have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor that is committed to hiring from the pre-apprenticeship program within 18 months from the start of the contract period of performance, and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction. The program will drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Office of Apprenticeship seeks to encourage the growth of career pathway opportunities for people disconnected from employment, training, and education. Within the workforce development system, pre-apprenticeships serve a critical role for people to acquire career-specific skills, advance work-readiness, and connect them to longer-term career opportunities.
Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the career pathway and partnerships proposed, the quality of programming proposed, and the lead applicant’s organizational capacity to implement the proposal. As noted below, greater weight will be given to applications that build career pathways for individuals who did not receive a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) or who did not complete a secondary school education in a home-school setting, through co-enrollment in adult basic skills education in concert with a pre-apprenticeship program as well as post-secondary education coursework that enables such individuals to be eligible to receive financial aid through the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provision of Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act (HEA). All applicants should demonstrate their ability to ensure participants are able to acquire measurable skill gains as verified through regular progress reports. PACE funds can also be used to support the attainment of a high school equivalency diploma or GED.
Applications that contain pre-apprenticeship training within the following industry clusters will be viewed favorably in the proposal evaluation process:
Greater weight will be given to applicants who demonstrate a viable strategy to recruit participants in one of the following targeted populations: women; member of a minority group; youth; individuals currently unemployed; county vocational school students; post-secondary students; ex-offenders; veterans; persons with disabilities; Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligible individuals; or other under-represented populations. For more information about targeted populations, see: https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/Grants/FY22_001_PACE_NGO.pdf#page=10
Mission, Goals and Objectives can be found at https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/Grants/FY22_001_PACE_NGO.pdf#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 194711
NJDOL seeks to fund multiple programs throughout the program year.
NJDOL will consider applications above or below the award range that contain a strong justification. Competitive proposals will have a cost per head range between $4,000 and $8,000 (divide total number served by the requested grant amount).
The anticipated length of the contract period is 18 months, unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the NJDOL.
Awardees of these initial contracts may also be eligible for a one-year renewal (entire contract duration equal to two and a half years), based on program performance (Quality Placements achieved) and availability of funds.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit LOIs to ApprenticeshipUnit@dol.nj.gov
Technical Assistance Contact:
Name: James Manning
Division: Office of Apprenticeship
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Office of Apprenticeship
1 John Fitch Plaza
PO Box 055, 5 th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055
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