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Agencies to Develop and Expand Apprenticeship Programs

Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS)

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

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06/03/22 12:00 Noon


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Grants to New Jersey employers, nonprofits, trade associations, labor and workforce organizations, LEAs, vocational schools, workforce development boards, and IHEs to expand and develop approved apprenticeship programs. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to cover wage reimbursement and training costs and to provide incentives to employers to hire registered apprentices from pre-apprenticeship programs. The GAINS grant has been designed to help workers, particularly those affected by the COVID-19, and others with access to on-the-job training and advanced credentials.

The main goal of this Notice of Grant Opportunity is to promote equality of opportunity, upward mobility, and economic fairness. Due to the rise of globalization, international trade, advances in information technology, mechanical automation of production processes, and reductions in union membership over the past few decades, American workers have found themselves displaced by new technologies and in competition with overseas labor markets. Advances in technology have increased the use of mechanization in the production process and in professional spaces that are not often attributed to skill-biased technical change. These technological advances have increased demand for more technically advanced, high-skilled positions that require occupational training at the secondary, post-secondary, and adult education levels. 

The purpose of the GAINS program is to promote the expansion and development of United States Department of Labor (USDOL) approved Registered Apprenticeship programs that drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials. While this NGO describes twelve (12) sectoral/occupational areas of focus, all occupations that are recognized by US DOL as “apprenticeable” are encouraged to apply. 

The NJDOL has established the following objectives for the GAINS program: Establish and expand registered apprenticeship programs in the following sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Bio Pharma/Life Sciences; Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure; Retail, Hospitality and Tourism; Financial Services/Insurance; Transportation, Logistics and Distribution; Information Technology/Cyber Security; Renewable Energy; Healthcare; Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations; Construction & Building Trades; Public Service.

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For new and expanding USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program applicants: GAINS funding can be used to reimburse employers up to 50% of new apprentice’s hourly wage rate, which shall not be below $16.00 per hour at the date of hire for the apprentice, not to exceed a maximum of 40 hours weekly, and for a duration no longer than 52 work weeks. This wage incentive shall only be used for apprentices that are registered after the beginning of the period of performance of the contract. This amount may not exceed $8,000 per individual apprentice. Sponsors are free to distribute the incentive among as many individual apprentices as needed (e.g. $8,000 for 10 apprentices, $4,000 for 20, $2000 for 40 etc.).

Term of Contract:

The anticipated length of the contract period is 18 months unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the NJDOL.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competitive grant opportunity is open to the following entities who are developing new, or building upon existing Registered Apprenticeship programs:
- Any employer;
- 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;
- 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;
- Workforce Intermediary Sponsors.

Round 2 applications are open to those not funded in Round 1 as well as new applicants.

Grant funds provided through this NGO may not be expended for the following:
- Indirect costs (e.g. travel, meals, lodging);
- Pension and/or health benefits for part-time staff;
- Mileage and toll expenses for out-of-state travel;
- Overnight accommodations;
- Capital construction or renovation;
- Costs associated with preparing the grant application; and
- Costs of memberships in associations or organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Workshop: May 11, 2022 at 1pm

The New Jersey Department of Labor-Office of Apprenticeship is hosting a workshop via web/tele-conference to provide technical assistance in applying for Round 2 of the GAINS FY22 grant program. Each attendee must individually register to attend the event. Additional details regarding the tele-conference will be sent prior to the workshop.

For more information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due Deadline: 12 noon May 27, 2022
- Application Deadline: 12 noon June 3, 2022
- Expected Panel Review Begins: Week of June 13, 2022

Please Note: A new letter of intent is required for applicants from Round 1 that are now applying for Round 2 funding of the FY22 GAINS grant.

Applicants interested in applying for the GAINS grant must 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 obtain access to the application in SAGE. Applicants must complete, sign and submit a letter of intent as soon as the applicant is interesting in applying for the grant opportunity. A sample LOI can be found in Attachment I. The completed and signed LOI must be emailed as an attachment.

Programs that utilize in-kind, philanthropic, cash, federal funding (e.g. Individual Training Accounts, WIOA Title 1, etc.), and/or other leveraged funds to support the apprenticeship program will be viewed positively during panel review.

Funding from the GAINS program are only available for applicants who are developing, or expanding upon, existing programs that are registered with USDOL and/or will be within the list of approved apprenticeable occupations. These occupations can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Applications are submitted online, via SAGE at

The completed and signed LOI must be emailed as an attachment to

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Office of Apprenticeship
1 John Fitch Plaza
PO Box 055, 5th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055

Contact: James Manning, Chief, Contracts and Programs, Office of Apprenticeship

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