Applications must address a region’s most pressing pandemic-related workforce challenge and offer a solution specific to the region’s need. These may include, but are not limited to:
· Training and/or reskilling initiatives for in-demand jobs
· Career counseling or coaching services
· Access to transit or broadband solutions
· Childcare solutions or supportive services
For example, a region suffering from low workforce participation during the pandemic because of a shortage of reliable childcare could develop a solution to address its childcare needs. A community that had workforce disruptions during the pandemic due to insufficient transportation options could develop a solution to provide reliable transportation to connect available workers with open jobs. A local industry trade group could develop a proposal to invest in and develop registered apprenticeship training opportunities to attract or retain workers in industries important to their region. Or a rural municipality may propose a broadband solution to the challenges presented by the pandemic’s necessity of increased remote work.
The Workforce Innovation Grant Program will reward creativity, promote sustainable regional collaboration and foster local accountability and participation to address the regional workforce challenges resulting from the pandemic’s extended period of labor disruption.