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Through community partnerships, the UC Navigator Grant is designed to improve UC access for all Pennsylvania workers, but especially the following groups:
- immigrants and refugees in Pennsylvania's biggest urban centers – Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
- individuals in low-income communities with limited access or familiarity with technology
- individuals with disabilities
Funds awarded to community organizations may be used for outreach and education (classes, workshops, seminars), educational equipment, staffing, training, and vendor costs (translation services, print/mail).
The following organizations will be trained by L&I staff on various aspects of the UC system, including initial applications, weekly certifications, appeals, and identity verification. L&I will also work with the community-based organizations to develop printed and web-based materials that will be translated into various languages and designed to address common questions and concerns from marginalized communities.
Governor Tom Wolf secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for science and technology education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs. These grants aim improve access to science, technology, engineering, and math education for all students. PAsmart also focuses on increasing computer science (CS) education to prepare Pennsylvania's workforce.
These grants will support schools, students, workers and businesses across the state. PAsmart will help Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need for the job they want. It will also support businesses through creating a skilled workforce to hire.
Building and Construction Trade Grants - In anticipation of increased employment opportunities as a result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, particularly within the building and construction trades, and in an effort to continually and proactively build a pipeline of talented workers, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is expanding upon the 2020/2021 PAsmart Growing Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships initiative to provide up to $1.5 million to organizations to align, expand and diversify the apprenticeship model within the building and construction trades to include underrepresented program models and/or non-traditional populations.
Apprenticeship Grants - PAsmart Apprenticeship grants provide funds to help build a diverse talent pipeline in the building and construction trades; expand registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship in non-traditional industries with an emphasis on health care, manufacturing, and information technology; and to support registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship through ambassador networks across the commonwealth.
Next Generation Industry Partnership Grants - PAsmart Next Generation grants provide funds to support the development, launch, implementation, and technical assistance of Next Gen IPs that are demand-driven in addressing the workforce, economic development, and educational needs of Pennsylvania industries.
2022 PAsmart Building and Construction Trade Grant Awardees
2019 PAsmart Apprenticeship Grant Awardees
2018 PAsmart Regional Apprenticeship & Next Generation Industry Partnership Grant Awardees
Clean Energy Workforce Development Grant (Clean Energy Grant) aims to ensure that businesses and job seekers remain competitive in this sector over the next decade through increased connections to local partners and training opportunities, deployment of work-based training models and upskilling methods, and expanded access to career pathway development in the industry.
2022 Clean Energy Workforce Development Grant Awardees
L&I will be establishing a Schools-to-Work Program through the competitive award of a grant(s) to a sponsor(s) in partnership with schools in the commonwealth to support the establishment or enhancement of a workforce development partnership between schools, employers, organizations, or associations to create employment and training pathways. The project proposal must create learning opportunities for participating students, including classroom training, workplace visits, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, employment opportunities, special education transition, Capstone Cooperative Education, job shadowing or externships.
2022 Schools-to-Work Grants Awardees
Digital Literacy and Workforce Development grants provide funds to support effective programs that prepare individuals for improved job search capabilities and greater access to employment postings, to gain access to employment with family-sustaining wages, and to increase communities' infrastructures for providing foundational digital literacy skills. Acquiring these skills will prepare Pennsylvania job seekers and employees for success in the 21st Century labor market.
2020 Digital Literacy Workforce Development Grant Awardees
2021 Digital Literacy Workforce Development Grant Awardees
PAsmart Next Generation grants provide funds to support the development, launch, implementation, and technical assistance of Next Gen IPs that are demand-driven in addressing the workforce, economic development, and educational needs of Pennsylvania industries.
2021 PAsmart Industry Partnership Grant Awardees
2020 PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership Grant Awardees
Pennsylvania's workforce development system must work with employers and other stakeholders to connect young people with high-quality work-based learning opportunities, paid work experiences and career pathways. Last year's State/Local Internship Program, or SLIP, placed 1,130 16- to 24-year-old youth and young adults into internships at 657 worksites in a variety of industries.
2019-2020 State/Local Internship Program Grant Awardees
The Business-Education Partnership grant provides opportunities to connect local businesses with school districts to promote job opportunities and career pathways. These programs increase awareness of in-demand technical careers for students, parents, guardians, teachers and school faculty.
2021 Business-Education Partnership Grant Awardees
2019/20 Business-Education Partnership Grant Awardees
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announces the availability of $800,000 of funding for a Veterans Employment Program (VEP) Grant. This program supports initiatives across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA) that innovatively and creatively address barriers to employment facing veterans.2021 Veterans Employment Program Grant Awardees
Pennsylvania is seeking industry partnerships that improve economic prosperity and prepare the Commonwealth's workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Industry Partnership program requires businesses within a targeted industry partnering to strengthen their industry through training initiatives, recruitment strategies, raising career awareness, and working together to address additional challenges identified by the businesses. The goal is to increase regional collaboration to support business needs within an industry sector.
The Youth Reentry Demonstration Project aims to engage youth, who were incarcerated or were subjected to the justice system, in a career pathway leading to postsecondary education, advanced training, and/or meaningful employment. Additionally, these programs will feature close working relationships between LWDBs, the PA CareerLink® system, county and/or state justice systems, community or faith-based organizations, the federal bonding program, career and technical education centers, Job Corps, and institutions of higher education.
2019 Youth Reentry Grant Awardees
The Teacher in the Workplace (TIW) program provides the opportunity for eligible organizations in partnership with their Local Workforce Development Board to develop and/or implement TIW programs that connect the classroom to the workplace for K-postsecondary educators in Pennsylvania. Learn more about the TIW program, grants and projects.
2017/18 Teacher-in-the-Workplace Grant Awards
The State Innovation Grant grants support Governor Wolf's vision of "jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works" by encouraging creativity and innovation in achieving one or more of the following goals for workforce development depicted in the WIOA Combined State Plan.
2017/18 Strategic Innovation Grant Awardees
The Tech Grant grants support educational institutions that demonstrated a track record of training and placing adult students into occupations that are in high demand by local employers.
2017/18 Tech Grant Awardees
The PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is seeking applications for a grant to provide layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turn-around or attract buyers for at risk businesses. The amount of the grant will not exceed $1.5 Million per program year. This grant will be awarded for a one-year period and provides an option to extend for a second and third year.
The Economic Transition grant funding helps LWDBs train dislocated workers in High Priority Occupations and provide the necessary supportive services to complete training under the Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant (Economic Transition). This funding will focus on dislocated workers with entry-level skills or those who require minimal training for re-entry into the workforce.
The State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant aims to help develop trades/skilled trade apprenticeship programs specific to the energy sector (i.e. natural gas extraction and related activities) in regions of the commonwealth that have demonstrated a need for employees skilled in this industry.