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On-the-Job Training

Jobs Driven National Emergency Grant

DOL has received $4.4 million in federal funds to offer businesses training support under the Jobs Driven National Emergency Grant (JD NEG) program. This program encourages the hiring of dislocated workers, with emphasis on those who are also long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more), to enable them to upgrade their skills and obtain employment. Skills will be upgraded through an On-the-job training (OJT) program, which allows new workers to master required job-specific skills while still contributing to the business as valuable employees. The program covers 50 to 90% of training-related expenses. Your business will be responsible for the training, which allows you to customize it to meet the skill demands of your industry.

Individuals served must be enrolled in a Dislocated Worker program and registered with New York State's Career Centers in order to ensure that they receive reemployment and other services as needed. Services such as assessment, career guidance, job search, job matching, counseling and supportive services may also be provided and are designed to help participants throughout the training process and ensure long-term employment post training. The delivery of these services must be coordinated with each dislocated worker's training schedule to ensure that each individual is fully job ready when training services have been completed. Training for incumbent (employed) workers is not an allowable use of JD-NEG funds.

Contracts will be awarded for a period of up to one year. Applicants must include only those training needs that can be reasonably accomplished within a one-year time period. Under no circumstances may the contract have an end date or an extended end date later than June 30, 2016. All awarded funds must be fully expended by that date. Contracts will be paid on a reimbursable payment basis, meaning that a grantee must first pay for incurred expenses and then submit a voucher to NYSDOL for reimbursement.

Business Eligibility
The JD NEG program is for private sector for-profit businesses, private sector not-for-profit businesses, local workforce investment boards, and training providers which:

  • Are physically located in New York State;
  • Have two or more employees (principals and owners cannot be counted);
  • Provide full-time work (30 hours or more per week);
  • Have hires that are employees of the business (not independent contractors); and
  • Are in good standing with NYS.

Individual Eligibility
The JD NEG program covers the hiring of people who are physically located in New York State and who are dislocated workers.   Priority in scoring is given to those who are long-term unemployed, who have been determined to be likely to exhaust their Unemployment Insurance benefits.

"Dislocated Worker" is defined as follows:

  • An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or who has received notice of termination or layoff, and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
  • An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or has received notice of termination or layoff, as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility, or enterprise;
  • An individual who was self-employed, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions or because of natural disasters; or
  • An individual who is a displaced homemaker - an individual who has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

"Long-term unemployed" is defined as an individual who has been unemployed for a minimum of 27 weeks. This includes individuals who:

  • Have lost their jobs during the recent recession, and:
    • Have exhausted their unemployment benefits; or
    • Have not yet reconnected with a job that provides comparable responsibility and pay (underemployment); or
    • Who are working part-time jobs(s) when they want a full-time job; or
    • Who have become discouraged and have stopped looking for a job.

Types of Training Supported & Cap per Trainee:

  • On-the -Job Training (OJT) - $7,900 per trainee cap
  • Registered Apprenticeships - $3,000 per trainee cap
  • Customized Training - $2,500 per trainee cap

Business can receive an award of up to $100,000. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, with the deadline of May 31, 2016. All training activities must be concluded by June 30, 2016.

For more information on this Request for Application (RFA), review our Funding Opportunities or contact your local Business Services Representative.

Clean Energy On-the-Job Training

NYSDOL is working in conjunction with the New York State Energy and Research Development Agency (NYSERDA) on the Green Jobs/Green New York initiative. NYSERDA has made available $200,000 to help businesses offset the cost of training new hires and developing green job skills.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)
OJT is a work-based training method whereby the businesses provides new hires with the necessary hands-on training needed to be successful on the job. Training is focused on developing green job skills and is specific to each title and business need. Businesses can receive up to 50 percent of training-related expenses -- up to $15,000 per hire.

Eligible businesses must have a current Partnership Agreement or Contract in good standing with NYSERDA; and they must be a business that manufactures, installs or maintains eligible clean energy technologies, including:

  • solar thermal,
  • heat pump (air or ground-sourced), and
  • biomass

The OJT program is for:

  • Public or private, profit or not-for-profit entities
  • Businesses physically located in New York State
  • Training related to targeted technologies in NYSERDA’s residential and commercial programs and the System Benefits Charge programs
  • Businesses in good standing
  • Training related to green job skills
  • Full-time work (35 hours or more per week)
  • Hires that are employees of the business -- not independent contractors or contract employees

The OJT program is NOT for:

  • Contract or intermittent workers
  • Seasonal or part-time employees
  • Classroom training

Applications from qualified businesses will be accepted through December 31, 2015. Please send an email to NYSERDA at PON2033@nyserda.org with "PON 2033 Intent to Apply" in the subject line.

For more information, see the Clean Energy On-the-Job Training Fact Sheet.

On-the-Job Training/Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant

DOL has received $1.3 million in federal funds to offer businesses training support under the Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant (DWT NEG) program. This program encourages the hiring of dislocated workers, with emphasis on those who are also long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more), to enable them to upgrade their skills and obtain employment.

OJT pairs businesses with the workers you need. These new employees will require training -- which only your business can provide -- to do the new job. The program covers 50-90 percent of training-related expenses.

Applicant Eligibility
The DWT NEG program is for private sector for-profit businesses, private sector not-for-profit businesses, and training providers that:

  • Are physically located in New York State;
  • Have two or more employees (principals and owners cannot be counted);
  • Provide full-time work (30 hours or more per week);
  • Have hires that are employees of the business -- not independent contractors or contract employees; and
  • Are businesses in good standing

Participant Eligibility
The DWT NEG program covers the hiring of people who are dislocated workers, with priority in scoring given to those dislocated workers who are long-term unemployed or who have been determined to be likely to exhaust their Unemployment Insurance benefits. "Dislocated Worker" is defined as follows:

  • An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or who has received notice of termination or layoff, and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
  • An individual who has been terminated or laid off, or has received notice of termination or layoff, as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility, or enterprise;
  •  An individual who was self-employed, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions or because of natural disasters; or
  •  An individual who is a displaced homemaker - an individual who has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

“Long-term unemployed” is defined as an individual who has been unemployed for a minimum of 27 weeks. This includes individuals who:

  • have lost their jobs during the recent recession, and:
    • have exhausted their unemployment benefits; or
    • have not yet reconnected with a job that provides comparable responsibility and pay (underemployment); or
    • who are working part-time job(s) when they want a full-time job; or
    • who have become discouraged and have stopped looking for a job.

The DWT NEG program is NOT for:

  • Public entities.
  • Businesses that have moved and laid off staff in the last 120 days.
  • Intermittent or seasonal work.
  • Training in excess of six months.

For more information on this Request for Application (RFA), review our Funding Opportunities or contact your local representative.

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