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U.S. Offering $10 Million For Workforce

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $10 Million for National Out-of-School Time Organizations to Expand Workforce Pathways for Youth

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $10 million to fund national out-of-school-time organizations that will expand workforce pathways for youth ages 14-21.

Through the Workforce Pathways for Youth program, the Department seeks to increase alignment between workforce and out-of-school programs and expand job training and workforce pathways for youth, including career exploration, job readiness and certification, soft skill development, summer jobs, year-round job opportunities, and apprenticeships. 

Employers in the U.S. require a skilled and educated workforce. With strong partnerships between out-of-school time organizations, local workforce entities, and state and local education agencies, these programs may provide workforce readiness opportunities. It could help career exploration, career preparation, and career training connect young adults to the skills necessary to become college and career ready. It provides youth with exposure to career possibilities and mentors based on student interest, aptitude, and labor market needs helps out-of-school time participants gain critical skills through real-world work experiences that enhance their employability.

Under this program, grants go to national out-of-school time non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations with local affiliate networks. Applicants must also include the following organizations as required partners on the application:

– A minimum of one organization involved in administering the workforce development system established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which are limited to State Workforce Development Boards, Local Workforce Development Boards, and Indian and Native American entities (as outlined in Section 166 of WIOA);

– A minimum of two employer partners, or an industry/trade association that represents employers; and

– A minimum of one state or local education agency (including high schools and school districts) or an alternative education program.

While the required partners reflect collaboration between secondary education, employers, and workforce development, the Department strongly encourages applicants to collaborate with other partners to support and advance the work of the project. These include organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries, labor-management organizations; community-based organizations; and training providers and service providers. They also have organizations that support outreach and training activities. Such as industry-led training organizations, industry intermediaries, unions or educational organizations; Small Business Development Centers; American Job Centers; community organizations that provide social support and wrap-around services; YouthBuild programs; Job Corps centers; WIOA Youth programs; foundations and philanthropic organizations; and federally funded youth-serving programs.

View this funding opportunity. Applications are due by 4 p.m. EST on Feb. 4, 2021.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

 

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

·         U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $3,504,345 In Coronavirus Violations. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Dec. 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations. They arise from 263 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,504,345.

Defending Workers’ Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:

·         U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Back Wages for 55 Workers After Louisiana Seafood Processor Fails to Provide Required Sick Leave. After an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division, a Louisiana seafood processor has paid $42,900 in back wages to 55 employees to resolve violations of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

·         Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave to Care for Child During Pandemic – After an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division, a cabinet manufacturer based in Taylor, Texas has paid an employee $3,736 in back wages. It wrongly denied leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

·         Pasadena, Texas, Employer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor’s Order to Quarantine – After an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division, a testosterone replacement center in Pasadena, Texas has paid back wages of $3,432. It was to an employee to whom it wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave and terminated despite a doctor’s order for the employee to quarantine with coronavirus symptoms. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor focuses on protecting American workers’ safety and health. The Department assists our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.