L&I announces $ 1.5 million is available to improve digital literacy skills of job seekers and increase access to family support jobs

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jennifer Berrier, today announced the availability of an additional $ 1.53 million in grants for digital literacy and the development of Workforce (DLWDG) to support local programs across Pennsylvania that improve basic digital literacy skills for job seekers and help provide access to employment opportunities.

“L&I strives to provide Pennsylvania workers with the skills they need to effectively navigate the technology platforms used in today’s workplaces,” said L&I Secretary Berrier. “These additional digital literacy and workforce development grants will help ensure that our workers acquire the basic digital skills they need to apply for jobs and perform essential tasks in their new careers. ”

L&I will provide approximately $ 1.5 million for a second round of DLWDGs of up to $ 45,000 each to promote digital skills, which also includes the ability to search and apply for jobs online, download and to submit a resume via email, and the ability to develop and maintain a professional profile on networking sites. These funds are in addition to the $ 1.3 million funding for 32 DLWDGs awarded earlier this year.

New to this grant round, expanded eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, public libraries, library systems, district library centers, nonprofit agencies (community organizations , faith-based organizations, etc.) or small businesses meeting certain Criteria. Grant applications are due on December 21, 2021 and the DLWDG 2021 will operate from May 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023. Recipients of the DLWDG first round of funds are not eligible to apply for this grant..

DLWDGs are 100 percent federally funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statewide activity funding. WIOA statewide activity funding can be used to help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training and support services to be successful. in the labor market.

Additional details and the grant application are available on the L&I website. A bidders conference is scheduled for November 1, 2021 and the deadline to apply is December 21, 2021.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Dwight E. Schulz