The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is committed to making sure that Americans who are most in need— specifically youth and young adults ages 17-29 with barriers to employment, individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals with criminal records, and other unemployed, dislocated, underemployed, and front-line incumbent workers —have access to new, innovative training opportunities and employment opportunities in H-1B occupations and industries.
For that reason, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), has awarded $150 million in grant funds for the H-1B TechHire Partnership (TechHire) grant program to 39 partnership grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $2 million to $5 million. This grant program is designed to equip individuals with the skills they need through innovative approaches that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband.
These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations to address the following goals for the target populations:
- Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide the fastest paths to good jobs, such as “bootcamp” style programs, online options, and competency-based programs;
- Improve the likelihood that those populations complete training and enter employment, through specialized training strategies, supportive services and other focused participant services;
- Connect those who have received training or who already have the skills required for employment, but are being overlooked, to employment, paid internships, or Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that allow them to get work experience and prove themselves to hiring employers;
- Demonstrate strong commitment to customer-centered design and excellence in customer experience, so that the programs and services reflect real need of employers and participants, and
- Ensure that innovations form the basis for broader change and sustainability over time and that a clear strategy exists for adapting to rapidly changing market needs after the initial period of the grant.