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

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

“L&I is committed to providing workers in Pennsylvania with the skills they need to effectively navigate the technology platforms used in today’s workplaces,” said L&I Secretary Berrier. “These additional grants for digital literacy and workforce development will help ensure that our workers learn 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 by e-mail, and the ability to develop and maintain a professional profile on networking sites. These funds are in addition to the $1.3 million in funding for 32 DLWDGs awarded earlier this year.

New for this round of grants, expanded eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, public libraries, library systems, district library centers, nonprofits (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 run from May 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023. Recipients of the first round of DLWDG funds are not eligible to apply for this grant..

The DLWDGs are 100% funded by the federal government through federal business funding from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA Statewide Activity funding can be used to help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the job market.

Additional details and the grant application can be found at The L&I website. A bidders conference is scheduled for November 1, 2021 and the deadline to apply is December 21, 2021.

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Dwight E. Schulz