NJBUILD Atlantic County (New Jersey)
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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
The New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity (NJBUILD) is one of several state programs for training women and minorities in the construction trades administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). This grant will assist in providing greater opportunities and incentives for individuals by providing pre-apprenticeship training, basic skills instruction, workforce readiness (employability skills) instruction and a structured work experience which will emphasize vocational-based training for entry-level skills in the construction trades. The program will seek to facilitate effective transitions by women and minorities 20 years of age and older to high-skill, high-wage employment in labor demand occupations that are apprenticeable.
The mission of the NJBUILD Atlantic County program is to promote outreach and pre-apprenticeship training in the construction trades industry for female and minority Atlantic County residents to prepare them for entry in a union apprenticeship or employment in a construction-related job.
This program aims to achieve two primary goals:
- Increase opportunities for women and minorities to acquire skills, increase employment opportunities and benefit economically from construction projects within Atlantic County and the surrounding area.
- Assist contractors and trade unions located in Atlantic County in meeting their workforce needs through the recruiting and training of women and minorities.
LWD has established the following three objectives to achieve these goals:
- Engage trade unions in the development and provision of construction-related pre-apprenticeship training.
- Provide training in the following areas:
- Basic skills instruction;
- Workforce readiness (employability skills) instruction; and,
- Occupation-specific construction-related trades training.
- Assist trainees with job placement services targeting employment in union sponsored, registered apprenticeship programs or quality construction jobs. These jobs are defined as construction jobs with a pay rate that is at least 51% above the state minimum wage.
History of Funding
None is available.
In accordance with program requirements, applicants must meet the following program participant eligibility requirements:
*A maximum of 10% of participants can enroll without a diploma or HSE, but must obtain the HSE before the end of the training cycle.
- Be a female or a minority residing in Atlantic County (including veterans and ex-offenders);
- Be at least 20 years of age at the time of enrollment;
- Possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma*;
- Possess a valid drivers license;
- Score a minimum 7th grade level on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE);
- Demonstrate a legitimate interest in pursuing a career in the building and construction trades; and,
- Be drug-free throughout the training and placement.
Past experience and analysis has indicated the ideal participants are those 20 years of age and older. Therefore, marketing, outreach and recruitment efforts should focus on participants age 20 or older.
This targeted, competitive opportunity is designed to provide grants for both construction trades training to women and minorities and placement services to participants in occupations as outlined in this NGO. Placement and training is targeted to Atlantic County. All training providers must be on the States Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). The following organizations are eligible to apply as the lead agency:
- County or municipal governments;
- Public training providers or trade schools;
- Community-based organizations;
- Labor organizations;
- Employers and/or contractors;
- Public vocational schools;
- Institutions of higher education;
- Public or private, non-profit agencies; or
- Trade organizations which represent a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers.
Applications were to be submitted by June 1, 2016. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.
Approximately $200,000 is available in total funding. The grant period is expected to be for an 18-month period and is estimated to begin June 30, 2016. There is no cost match/share requirement.
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