New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) - Office of Apprenticeship
06/03/22 12:00 Noon
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.
The Mission, Goals, and Objectives can be found at https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/Grants/FY22_002_GAINS_NGO.pdf#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 184661
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.).
The anticipated length of the contract period is 18 months unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the NJDOL.
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 https://www.sage.nj.gov.
The completed and signed LOI must be emailed as an attachment to ApprenticeshipUnit@dol.nj.gov.
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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