Department of LaborAEM encourages its members to reach out to their local workforce boards in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision last week to make $90 million in funding grants available for facilitating reemployment opportunities.

The Department of Labor’s move is designed to provide additional assistance for employers who provide opportunities for displaced workers, historically marginalized communities or groups and those unemployed for an extended period or who have exhausted unemployment insurance or other pandemic unemployment insurance programs.

“It’s critical for our members to connect with their workforce boards not only to understand what those boards will be applying for, but also to make their specific training needs and employment gaps known,” said AEM Senior Director of Workforce Development Julie Davis. “Additionally, members should make sure the educational facilities near them are also standing ready to apply for funding and train displace workers as needed.”

Administered by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the additional funding more than doubles the initial $43 million in funding for Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants announced earlier this year.

Those seeking CAREER National Dislocated Worker Grants may apply through Aug. 31. Applicants may choose one of two types of required grant activities:

  1. Delivering comprehensive workforce services, including career, training and supportive services to help participants gain employment
  2. Purchasing, building or expanding virtual technology platforms, software systems or services for job search, career guidance, training or other allowable activities

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, National Dislocated Worker Grants offer resources that provide flexibility to states and communities in response to, and recovery from, events that cause widespread unemployment.

For more information, contact AEM’s Julie Davis at jdavis@aem.org.

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