Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced that grant applications for the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants program are now available. According to a webinar hosted by the Department, the grant program is intended to â€œraise the technical skill levels of American workers so they can obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries and occupations.â€
There will be approximately $240 million total available funds, ranging from $1 – $5 million to 75 â€“ 100 grantees. Awards will be made to two categories: those that provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) to all participants and those that use other training strategies. The following awards will be made:
1.)Â Â Â At least $150 million will be awarded to programs providing OJT to all participants
2.)Â Â Â Between OJT and other training strategies, at least $45 million will be awarded to applicants that propose training healthcare industry occupations
3.)Â Â Â Between OJT and other training strategies, at least $60 million will be awarded to applicants that serve long-term unemployed individuals
During the webinar, a Department of Labor speaker stated that proposals in the following areas are of greatest interest: Information Technology, Communications and Broadband Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Healthcare.
There will be two rounds of funding: the first round closes June 2, 2011 and the second round closes November 17, 2011.