On February 19th the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the implementation of a grant program called “Ready to Work” (the Long-term Unemployed H-1B Ready to Work Partnerships grant program), that will use approximately $150 million in revenues from the H-1B visa program to support high performing partnerships between employers, nonprofits, and America’s public workforce system. The program will focus on providing the long-term jobless with a range of services, training, and access to fill middle and high-skill jobs throughout the country.
The catch? The program will only grant monies to partnerships that:
- Focus on re-employing the long-term unemployed
- Provide work-based training that enables learning through models such as on the job training, paid work experience, paid internships, and registered apprenticeships
- Encourage employer engagement and support in the program design, including programs that make a commit to hiring qualified participants
- Apply for the grant no later than 4:00pm Eastern on June 19, 2014
Beginning no later than March 21 a per-recorded webinar will be available online at www.dol.gov/readytowork to help applicants determine their eligibility for grant monies and to answer frequently asked questions regarding the program.
The U.S. DOL anticipates awarding 20 – 30 grants in amounts ranging from $3 – $10 million apiece.