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Grant Opportunity – Energizing Careers Program – Second Round of Funding

All,

I am excited to announce the release of the Energizing Careers Program RFP for the second round of funding. Attached you will find the RFP, a one page summary of the program and a press release. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2010. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board website.

The goals of the Program are to:

  • Develop a reliable, skilled workforce for businesses planning to expand or relocate in the targeted sectors of wind, solar and biomass;
  • Provide businesses with up to $6,000 per individual for approved training and apprenticeship programs that end with Certificates, (as defined in Section III of the RFP) for occupations within the targeted sectors; and
  • Serve workers in need of updated training related to the advanced energy industry, dislocated workers, veterans, and historically underserved populations such as women, minorities and Appalachian residents.

Preference will be given to:

  • Businesses located in the 44 Ohio auto-impacted counties identified by the US Department of Labor (See Appendix A);
  • Businesses that pay employees $18.00 – $25.00 per hour excluding benefits; and/or
  • Businesses that serve the worker populations listed above.

To participate in the Program, a business must:

  • Fall into one of the targeted sectors of wind, solar and biomass;
  • Demonstrate it is an OEM, Tier 1 Supplier, or company that engages in manufacturing activities in the supply chain for the solar, wind or biomass industry;
  • Invest in instruction and training activities that lead to a recognized Certificate for an individual employed by the business;
  • Complete training within one year after grant award;
  • Retain an employment level for each trainee at an hourly rate without benefits of at least $10.88; and
  • Incur costs by training Incumbent Workers.

I appreciate your willingness to forward the Energizing Careers Program information to your distribution lists and companies you are aware of that meet the qualifications for this funding opportunity. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Best regards,

Michael Evans

Senior Workforce Development Specialist

Workforce and Talent Division

77 South High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614.728.2654 F 614.728.9135

Michael.Evans

ECP_RFP_Round _2_Final.pdf
Workforce_EnergizingCareers.pdf
10 5 10 – Release – Patt-McDaniel Announces Second Round of Funding Available for Energizing Careers Program (2).pdf

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