$150 million Ready to Work Partnership grant competition announced

US Labor Department program designed to help those facing long-term unemployment return to work.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 23, 2014


The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of about $150 million in grants to prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs.

The Ready to Work Partnership grant competition will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs.

About 20 to 30 grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million will be awarded to programs focused on employer engagement, individualized counseling, job placement assistance, and work-based training that facilitate hiring for jobs where employers currently use foreign workers on H-1B visas.

“These grants are part of President Obama’s call to action to help ensure that America continues to be a magnet for middle-class jobs and business investment,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We need to do everything we can to help employers expand and grow while at the same time remembering that those who have been out of work through no fault of their own deserve a fair shot.”

Secretary Perez made the grant announcement from the Pulaski, N.Y., headquarters of the Fulton Companies, a global manufacturer of industrial and commercial heating systems. Thanks in part to federal funding from the multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, Fulton develop strong training partnerships with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Together, they were able to develop the local workforce Fulton needed to expand the manufacturing capacity of their Pulaski plant to better serve the North American and overseas markets.

Programs funded through Ready to Work Partnership grants will use on-the-job training, paid work experience, paid internships and Registered Apprenticeships to provide employers the opportunity to train workers in the specific skill sets required for open jobs. Programs will have to recruit those who have been out of work for six months or longer and will incorporate a strong up-front assessment, allowing for a customization of services and training to facilitate re-employment.

As a pre-condition to be considered for funding, at least three employers or a regional industry association must be actively engaged in the project. The grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view additional online resources at http://www.doleta.gov/readytowork. Any organization that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The Solicitation for Grant Applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at http://www.grants.gov/.



what a joke.. especially when you go to the job store and sure there are jobs, but none of them pay enough to cover your gas to get there..or they are so far away you have to relocate.. another way to spend tax dollars foolishly

former local

Sometimes you have to relocate for employment. I have done it several times, but then I would rather work than just sit back and complain that no one will come to my door and beg me to work for them! Sheesh! My hometown has gone to hell!


Another ef'n program way too many years late from helping anyone affilcted by bush and now obama. There is no difference in the two 'ceptin color. One of 'em has a better tan.

"The grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program." What about the people already here that have lived here since birth, unlike you Obama?

Everyday I wake up and see the news you create is intended to piss people that think, right the f*&k off. GWB II.


Re: "The Ready to Work Partnership"

The Rule of Unintended Consequences:

Gotta spend even more taxpayer money in order to correct the problems that other progressive 'well-intentioned,' taxpayer funded bureaucratic programs created.

Dr. Information

Lets breakdown that 150 million. 50 million for administrative fees, 25 million for travel and other expenses, 25 million for paperwork and hiring and a pet project or two, leaving 50 million for the real cause.

Really are you ...

Throwing millions and millions at the unemployed to get training for better jobs. That would be all good if there were jobs that needed to be filled. The jobs aren't there, so this solves nothing.


There are jobs all over the country you just have to look, and possibly move. I did. The problem I see is most don't want to work, its easier to sit at home and collect a check doing nothing. Like I stated before I have positions I cant fill making good money because they cant pass a drug test or they don't want to work weekends.

Really are you ...

Lol I could pass a bone marrow screening and am not afraid to work. That pretty much makes me overqualified. I needed to start and maintain a career type job like twenty years ago. Uproot and retrain now? With either of these options, I will work myself into my own grave. Unless I start my own business and hire the right people to build my legacy. Take Mr. Ernsthausen for example. He is no longer with us, but from the company he built and the workers he employed, his legacy is amongst the most prominent here in Norwalk, Ohio.

Scranton Tibbs

Or just make excuses And stay on the dole.


Re: "Mr. Ernsthausen,"

Remember seeing his long funeral procession from the bypass bridge as it headed towards Toledo.

He left too.

Thanks to govt. entitlement programs entrepreneurism has been discouraged in the U.S.

As my wise, late father-in-law used to say:

The nerve that controls the body leads to the hip pocket.


Doesn't seem to discourage the immigrants much. Hungry people don't stay hungry for long. Especiallyif they get welfare. Lol