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States have about two weeks left to apply for grant money for career training

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Last month, the United States Department of Labor announced that up to $150 million in grant money is available through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to aid in training folks who have experienced a job loss for careers in industries with high demand.

Grants would range from $500,000 to six million dollars and are available to states, territories, and tribes that are federally-recognized to help generate or increase partnerships with companies that would provide chances for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships, or other career training that leads to credentials recognized by industries. Grant money would be put toward providing services like direct job placement, counseling, and coaching for laid-off workers (including the long-term unemployed).

It’s also expected that this grant money would be used to put inventive approaches in place by incorporating programs such the Workforce Investment Act or Unemployment Insurance. These approaches could include the following:

  • job coaching, navigation, and matching models for the unemployed to obtain focused services needed to quickly move back into the workforce;
  • the use of social media and technology to employ contributors, enhance tools for job searches, obtain and share out labor market information, and create opportunities for distance learning;
  • financial counseling and one-on-one coaching for people that have been laid off; and
  • creating processes to quantify and track contentment and attainment for employers.

Applications are due by May 27 for consideration through the National Emergency Grant Electronic Application System.