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Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) Program

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

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01/28/22 12:00 Noon


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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:

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • BioPharma/Life Sciences
  • Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure 
  • Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism
  • Financial Services/Insurance 
  • Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
  • Information Technology/Cyber Security 
  • Renewable Energy/Green Economy
  • Health Care
  • Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations
  • Public Service 
  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Industries and Occupations Effected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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:

Mission, Goals and Objectives can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 194711

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Number of Grants:

NJDOL seeks to fund multiple programs throughout the program year.

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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).

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competitive grant opportunity is open to the following entities:
- Any employer;
- Workforce Intermediary Sponsors;
- 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;
- Public high 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;
- State, Local, County governments within New Jersey;
- Any other private educational or training entity that is on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).

Organizations awarded FY2021 PACE contracts are not eligible to apply for FY2022 PACE funding.

Ineligible requests:

Pre-proposal Conference:

NJDOL will provide two technical assistance sessions via tele-conference to potential applicants. General guidance on completing the required documents, budget forms and an overview of the PACE program will 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. The technical assistance workshops will be held

Mon, December 13, 2021: 2:00 PM
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Fri, December 17, 2021: 2:00 PM
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The technical assistance workshops will be conducted electronically through virtual sessions. Pre-registration is required at least three business days prior to the date of the technical assistance workshop here.

Virtual meeting log-in information will be provided only to those who registered through Eventbrite.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Due Date: No later than 12 noon January 21, 2022

Application Due Date: No later than 12 noon January 28, 2022

Final award decisions will be contingent upon the availability of funds and awards will be communicated approximately forty-five (45) days following the panel review date.

Applicants interested in applying for the PACE grant must first submit a LOI to express interest in the grant opportunity. This notification allows NJDOL to have sufficient resources in place to carefully review each proposal and to provide access to the application in SAGE. Applicants must complete, sign and submit a letter of intent as soon as the applicant is interested in applying for the grant opportunity. The completed and signed LOI must be emailed as an attachment and received no later than noon on Friday, January 21, 2022.

The payment structure for all contracts will be cost reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

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Technical Assistance Contact:

Name: James Manning
Division: Office of Apprenticeship
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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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