WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Workforce Board seeks proposals for partnership grants

PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
THE GOVERNOR'S WORKFORCE BOARD is seeking proposals for innovative partnership grants it plans to issue in the Spring of 2013.
Posted 11/26/12

PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board will seek proposals for innovative partnership grants it plans to issue next spring to help employers and educators implement strategies its recently released biennial plan identified as priorities in helping to close the state’s so-called skills gap.

“We’re looking to create and incentivize new strategies that will build partnerships between employers and education. This is a new initiative,” Rick Brooks, executive director of the workforce board, told Providence Business News.

The board will issue requests for proposals on Dec. 11 for an unidentified number of grants anticipated to range from $100,000 to $250,000. The workforce board has allocated up to $1.4 million for the Innovative Partnership grants.

The grants will be for partnerships between one or more employer, employer organization or labor management organization, and one or more training and education provider for innovations that will address the workforce needs of Rhode Island employers and increase the employability of students, out-of-school youth, and unemployed adults.

“Our intent is to issue fewer large grants [instead of] many small grants in this particular initiative because these are, in our view, looking for innovations and by design they are intended to be ambitious,” Brooks said.

The workforce board’s Biennial Employment & Training Plan for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 was released Nov. 15 and identified that focus needs to be put on workforce readiness, experiential learning, career pathways and target populations which Brooks said means adult and youth residents who have particular challenges to obtaining employment.

The workforce board said in a release that is “particularly interested” in grant proposals that will demonstrate substantial employer involvement in program design and commitment to program success; prioritize services to individuals with barriers to employment; result in work-readiness and occupational skills and credentials that are valuable to employers; incorporate experiential learning strategies; and create enduring and sustainable partnerships among other goals.

The request for proposals will be released on Dec. 11 and a bidder’s conference will be held on Dec. 17. The proposal deadline is Jan. 30, 2013 and grant implementation will be conducted between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Brooks said this is the last major grant initiative that will come from the workforce board’s FY2013 budget which closes in July 2013. The board, he said, is likely to issue RFPs next spring for grants that will be supported by the FY2014 budget.

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Two Great Programs...One Great Event. PBN's Annual Celebration of Growth and Innovation is now underway. 2014 applications are now available. Deadline August 1st.
  • 40 Under Forty
    We're almost sold out. The 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planni ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    See who the Healthiest Employers in RI are! And save the date - August 14th - at ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement