Archive for July, 2017

Funding may go towards training for Jacksonville jobs

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Funds from the Department of Labor may go towards training and Jacksonville jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grantsto fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards.

The grants are available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

Recipients will create in-person, hands-on training and educational programs and develop materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers.

Targeted Topic Training grants are available to support the development of quality training programs and educational materials that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards.

This funding opportunity announcement also makes available funds for Training and Educational Materials Development grants that focus on developing quality training materials.

Healthcare jobs in Jacksonville grow

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

More healthcare jobs in Jacksonville are being added, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment increased by 222,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Employment rose in health care, social assistance, financial activities, and mining.

Employment growth has averaged 180,000 per month thus far this year, in line with the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.

In June, health care added 37,000 jobs. Employment increased in ambulatory health care services (+26,000) and hospitals (+12,000). Health care has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month in the first half of 2017, compared with a monthly average of 32,000 jobs in 2016. Social assistance employment increased by 23,000 in June.

Within the industry, employment continued to trend up in individual and family services (+12,000) and in child day care services (+8,000).

Social assistance has added 115,000 jobs over the last 12 months. Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in June and has grown by 169,000 over the year. Securities, commodity contracts, and investments added 5,000 jobs over the month.

In June, mining employment grew by 8,000, with most of the growth in support activities for mining (+7,000).

Since a recent employment low in October 2016, mining has added 56,000 jobs. Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in June (+35,000) and has grown by 624,000 over the last 12 months.


Grants go to workforce programs for Jacksonville jobs

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

A number of grants are going towards workforce programs and will possibly help Jacksonville jobs.

About $11.4 million in federal Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants will be awarded. The grants are designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of these programs.

The department awarded six grants – each approximately $1 million – to eligible State Workforce Agencies in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Missouri for the development or enhancement of a state workforce longitudinal administrative database. These databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services and allow tracking of similar information on identical subjects at multiple points in time.

For the first time, the department awarded two grants of $2.7 million to SWAs for the integration of their states’ case management, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with their states’ longitudinal administrative databases. The grants are awarded to SWAs in Mississippi and Rhode Island.

“This administration is committed to reinvigorating workforce development systems in America,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Access to high-quality data is essential to making good, evidence-based decisions. These Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants help states and local agencies improve the quality and breadth of workforce data, which will benefit businesses, workers and job seekers.”

Grantees will be expected to use their longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs, and to develop tools to better inform customers about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

WDQI databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services, and connect with education data. They may be linked at the individual level and are capable of generating workforce training provider performance information and outcomes, including information and outcomes relevant to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Actperformance reporting, in a standardized, easy-to-understand format to help customers select the education and training programs that best suit their needs.


Grants to provide training for Jacksonville jobs

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

A number of grants will provide training for homeless veterans and possibly Jacksonville jobs.

About $43.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service will provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. In all, the department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

“The grants we announced will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs and reintegrate themselves into a society whom they defended and served,” said Secretary Acosta.

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce development boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community organizations.

Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

Of the 155 grant recipients, 74 are first-time recipients that will provide services to homeless veterans in 40 U.S. states. These grantees under the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts through various private and public social service providers.