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H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants:

A Conversation with Jane Oates

May 4th, 2011

11:00 - 12:00 Eastern

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Jane Oates

Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor

Amanda Ahlstrand

Division Chief, Business Relations Group, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration

Background of the Funding Opportunity

Areas of Emphasis

Question & Answer


Today’s Agenda

"This administration is committed to getting all Americans back to work and into good jobs. These grants will create important opportunities for those who may still be searching for work after many months of unemployment," said Secretary Hilda L. Solis. "As they seek out new careers in promising industries, our nation's workers need and deserve access to quality training and employment services. The H-1B technical skills grant competition will help make that possible."

- Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor

May 2, 2011

Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity

H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants

This grant program is designed to provide education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such training.

Funding Opportunity

H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants

This grant program is intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers so they can obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries and occupations.

Funding Opportunity

Technical Skills Training Grants under this SGA will focus on high-growth industries and occupations defined in ACWIA as those that:

are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy;

are being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skill sets for workers;

are new and emerging businesses that are projected to grow; or

have a significant impact on the economy overall or on the growth of other industries and occupations

Funding Opportunity

Amount Available: Approximately $240 million total in grant funds, with awards ranging from $1 - $5 million to 75 - 100 grantees

Two rounds of funding

First round closes June 2, 2011

Second round closes November 17, 2011

Section II.A.

Areas of Emphasis

Of the $240 million available:

At least $150 million will be awarded to grantees that provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) to all participants

At least $45 million will be awarded to applicants that propose training for occupations in the health care industry

At least $60 million to applicants that serve long-term unemployed individuals

Areas of Emphasis

Eligible Applicants-Grants may be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities as defined in ACWIA. This partnership must include at least two entities from among the following groups:

business-related nonprofit organizations, such as trade associations;

education and training providers, including community colleges and other community-based organizations; and

entities involved in administering the workforce investment system established under Title I of the WIA, and economic development agencies.

Areas of Emphasis

Required Partnerships: applicants must work with at least one employer or consortium of employers

Match Requirement: applicants that propose incumbent worker training activities must provide resources equivalent to 50% of the grant award as matching funds

Questions and Answers

Q: Can I apply for more than one grant?

A:Applicants may only submit one application for each closing date; successful applicants will only receive funding for one grant. Applicants that submit more than one application to a round of funding will be considered non-responsive, and none of their applications will be considered for funding.

Questions and Answers

Q: How long are the grants active?

A: The period of performance for these grant awards will be up to 48 months from the effective date of the grant. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities.

Questions and Answers

Q: What are examples of activities that are allowable with this funding opportunity?

A:Training strategies include but are not limited to: On-the-Job Training (OJT), (except that grantees must apply and choose to serve all participants with OJT, or no participants with OJT), classroom occupational training; contextualized learning; distance learning; and customized training, including incumbent worker training, for particular employers or groups of employers.

Questions and Answers

Q: What are On-the-Job Training (OJT) strategies?

A: There are key features of OJT:

Participants are hired and earn wages from employers during training;

It is based on an individualized training plan reflecting:

An individual skills assessment, and

An analysis of job requirements;

Training is conducted in the work setting by employer’s supervisory personnel; and

The employer is paid a reimbursement to cover the extraordinary costs of the training

Section I.C.

Questions and Answers

Q: What are other allowable training strategies?

A: Classroom occupational training; Contextualized learning; Distance learning; and Customized training (Including incumbent worker training)

Section I.C.2.


Q: What can I do now to prepare for the solicitation?


Visit and read the solicitation: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-10-13_Final_H-1BSGA.pdf

Visit the Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Web site (http://www.flcdatacenter.com/CaseH1B.aspx) for the latest database of occupations approved under H-1B petitions.

View the online tutorial, “Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants,” available through Workforce3One at: http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit


Q: What if I have questions while drafting my application?

A: Questions should be submitted to Jeannette Flowers at: [email protected] and reference SGA/DFA PY 10-13 in the email subject line

Proposal Submission

Methods of Submission

Regular mail

Overnight mail

Hand delivery

Online at http://www.grants.gov

Reference SGA/DFA PY 10-13

Proposals must be received

by 4:00 PM (ET) on the closing date of the SGA.

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