Many organizations are not aware that in addition to the training grants that are made available through individual states in the U.S., several funding sources and programs are also made available through the Federal Government. These programs vary in many ways, but they all have one common denominator: the funding is made available to help companies, organizations, and workers of all types to respond more effectively to an increasingly complex and ever-changing global economy. Educapro is pleased to work with our customers to deliver the training that our customers need, taking full advantage of the incentives that are made available for this purpose by the U.S. Government. We can deliver customized training programs, funded partially or completely by the government.
Educapro’s Training Grant Procurement Solutions:
Here is what we will do for you:
- Inform you about any current or upcoming programs that may be suitable for your training goals.
- Using our award-winning Stratety™ training evaluation platform, we will conduct a rigorous pre-training needs analysis.
- We will write a grant proposal using the results obtained from the Stratety™ pre-training evaluation.
- We will submit the grant and follow up with the government agency as needed until the grant is approved.
- We will deliver the training your organization needs.
- We will submit all monitoring and compliance documents as required by the granting agency.
- We will evaluate the training using the Stratety™ platform and issue a final “Before and After” report on the training.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA will go into effect on July 1, 2015 and itis designed to respond to employment, education, training, and support services needs in the market and to provide employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in a global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of workers acquire the skills and credentials needed to match the needs of employers. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. Educapro will re-publish guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA as these become available.
Workforce Training Grants – A Case Study
Steve Vilanova, Senior Vice President at FDL Logistics believed that the company’s drivers were missing opportunities to refer owner-operators to an important element of the sales and marketing plan of the company. Tom Wilson, who led all warehouse operations, agreed and felt that the recently expanded ESOP plan would be a great incentive for the company’s owner-operators to join forces with the company’s marketing efforts. Mary Welch, National Director of Training and Education at FDL, conducted a survey and concluded that the key to getting owner-operators to spread the word about the company and make a successful referral was additional training. Owner-operators didn’t understand the implications of participating in an ESOP and lacked the communication and “word-of-mouth” skills to get the word out. Steve and Tom agreed and asked Mary to propose a solution. Mary suggested a bilingual learning approach that combined e-learning modules on various aspects of an ESOP with classroom workshops to enhance communication skills. The training was available for both through Educapro Learning and Performance, Inc. an international leader in customized, bilingual training solutions.
The Problem: When Mary turned in the budget for her proposed solution, it didn’t take long to figure out that only a fraction of the necessary funds were going to be available. Steve and Tom thought it was an impossible project.
The Solution: Mary recalled that Educapro can not only deliver the training that her owner-operators needed, but they could also apply for and process government grants on behalf of FDL Logistics. Mary called Educapro and with their know-how was able to secure the funding through a combination of grants obtained through the Federal and local state government. Within a few months the funds were available and the training was underway. Within a year owner operators were self-organizing and communicating the advantages of switching over to FDL and its ESOP structures. Soon enough, owner operators from every corner of the country were calling to sign on and, with them, their contacts and customers.
Employee Training Grants
Finding the money to develop or purchase training solutions to improve employee performance and improve business processes is very challenging. We don’t have to ask anybody. We know. But at Educapro, we are experts at this and can do all of the legwork for you.
Government funding for employee training has been around for many years. Some of the funding and the programs are paid for through taxes imposed on employers themselves, and most companies are not aware that the programs exist and that they have a right to benefit from them.
In addition, under the umbrella of the newly enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Federal funds are made available to address the training needs of American companies and workers. In general, each State implements its employee training programs under both State and Federal guidelines. Click here to read about funds that are made available through grants from designated State agencies. Although the particulars vary by State, it is common for the grants to pay for a portion of the training in partnership with the employer or with a training provider like Educapro. Typically, the grants are available for both new-hires and for training to upgrade the skills and knowledge of current workers.
Some Popular Misconceptions about Training Grants
One of the most common misconceptions about government training grants is that they are available only to a certain sub-set of individuals. Although it is true that some grants and programs are targeted, the fact is that many programs exist and are designed for high-skill sectors and industries as well. In these cases, the programs are aligned very closely with the interests of business owners and management, i.e., increased efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.
Educapro is pleased to work with our customers to deliver the training they need, taking full advantage of the incentives and the resources that are made available for this purpose by the U.S. Government.
For more information about federal grants, see any of the links below or go to www.grants.gov. For state grants, please visit our state grants page.
- United States Department of Labor
- The Employment and Training Administration
A searchable list of grants employers can apply for and instructions. Also lists past grants awarded to employers
- Workforce Investment Boards
This directory, hosted by Career One-Stop, provides links to a range of state and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs). The regional and local boards often sponsor grant programs to support employer-sponsored training, and some include funding specifically to support employment of people with disabilities.
At Educapro, we are only a phone call or any email away. If you would like help sorting through the maze of federal or state grants, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to know about why we use videoconference as our preferred method of communication, please ask.