Initiatives

OVERVIEW

The overarching goal of California’s Strategic Workforce Development Plan is the reorientation and realignment of California’s workforce programs and institutions to support a dynamic and globally successful state economy that offers all residents – including the most vulnerable – an opportunity for a higher quality of life.

Projects highlighted on this page demonstrate the implementation of this vision by communities and regions throughout California.

WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION, INNOVATION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, TRAINING AND EVALUATION PY 2015/16 – SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), in coordination with the Employment Development Department, and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces a Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) that makes available $2.6 million to Local Workforce Development Boards (local board) representing each of California’s 14 Regional Planning Units (RPU) in support of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regional capacity building and infrastructure development activities and the availability of $775,010.00 to LOCAL BOARDs and/or other entities to coordinate and administer the statewide provision of WIOA partnership, technical assistance and training activities.  These WIOA Implementation funds will incentivize each RPU in support of WIOA and the Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan:  “Skills Attainment for Upward Mobility; Aligned Services for Shared Prosperity 2016-2020” (Unified State Plan).

WIOA FAQs for Regional Implementation 4-20-2016

REGIONAL CLUSTERS OF OPPORTUNITY GRANTS III (RICO)

The State Board’s Regional Industry Cluster(s) of Opportunity III (RICO) initiative is a structured economic and workforce development planning process that supports Regional Economic and Workforce Development Networks (Regional Networks) consisting of economic and workforce development practitioners and industry to form Industry Sector Partnerships that develop regional strategies to support and advance targeted industry clusters.

The State Board and the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) made approximately $605,000 available to develop and implement alternative fuel and vehicle regional clusters of opportunity strategies and involve partners to advance the competitive position of targeted clusters. This collaborative is funded by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, Assembly Bill 118 (Nuñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007).

The RICO III grant opportunity will further develop and implement regional industry clusters of opportunity (RICO) career pathways and/or talent pipeline strategies for K-12 students; and to involve regional partners to advance the competitive position of targeted RICOs resulting in economic prosperity.

RICO III SFPQ&A

RICO III Award Letter

REGIONAL CLUSTERS OF OPPORTUNITITY GRANTS (RICO)

The State Board’s  Regional Industry Cluster(s) of Opportunity III (RICO) initiative is a structured economic and workforce development Advanced-Transportation-Clustersplanning process that supports Regional Economic and Workforce Development Networks (Regional Networks) consisting of economic and workforce development practitioners and industry to form Industry Sector Partnerships that develop regional strategies to support and advance targeted industry clusters.

The State Board and the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) made approximately $1.5 million available to develop and implement alternative fuel and vehicle regional clusters of opportunity strategies and involve partners to advance the competitive position of targeted clusters.  This collaborative is funded by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, Assembly Bill 118 (Nuñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007).

Please see our September 2013 publication: California’s Advanced Transportation Industry Clusters of Opportunity, an AB 118 Status Report on the Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicles Industry in California.

EQUITY, CLIMATE & JOBS: MODEL HIGH ROAD TRAINING PARTNERSHIPS

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

The California Workforce Development Board (State Board) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) are pleased to announce the availability of up to $6 million for grants to design, develop, implement and/or advance model high-road training partnerships (HRTPs). Funds will support skill-focused, industry-based demonstration projects that advance equity by linking workforce innovation to regional challenges of job quality, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability.
The HRTP initiative aims to build, document, and evaluate a field of practice that simultaneously addresses critical questions of income mobility, economic competitiveness, and climate change through “ground up” skills strategies designed to support economically and environmentally resilient communities across the state.

Eligible applicants include local workforce development boards; labor organizations and labor-management partnerships; education and training providers; community-based and non-profit organizations; workforce intermediaries, public authorities, and qualified businesses.

All Applications are due February 10, 2017, by 4:00 p.m.

An Application Workshop will be offered on Friday, Jan. 27th at 11:00 am
You can access the workshop here: https://edd.connectsolutions.com/hrtp/
Conference Line: 888-808-6929
Participant Code: 3243425

For more information on this funding opportunity and its requirements, please see the full RFA.

Here are the materials:
HRTP FAQ 2-3-2017 (pdf)
HRTP RFA (pdf)
HRTP Application Checklist (word)
HRTP Project Matrix (word)
HRTP Application Forms (excel)

 

AB 2060 SUPERVISED POPULATION WORKFORCE TRAINING

The Supervised Population Workforce Training grants invest in innovative county programs that deliver workforce training to the supervised population (all persons who are on probation, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision as defined AB 2060 [Chapter 383, Statutes of 2014] and are supervised by, or are under the jurisdiction of, a county) and reduce the risk of recidivism.  Programs funded through this grant will create opportunities for the supervised population to improve their qualifications for apprenticeship programs, community college career programs, and direct job placement.  These programs will help the supervised population participants obtain a marketable and industry or apprenticeship board-recognized certification, credential, or degree.

The first round of AB 2060 grants (AB 2060 1.0) was announced in May 2015, and resulted in five innovative projects (click here for a full list of grantees).

AB 2060 2.0 Award Announcement

AB 2060 2.0 Cash Invoice Training Q&A

AB 2060 2.0 Cash Invoice Presentation

AB 2060 2.0 Project Implementation Q&A

AB 2060 Project Implementation Presentation

CalJOBS Code Definitions

Link to EDD Directive for CalJOBS MIS Administrator

SLINGSHOT Accelerating Income Mobility through Regional Collaboration

SlingShot seeks to seed collaborative efforts by employers and industry, government, workforce and economic development, and education stakeholders within a region to identify and then work to solve employment challenges that slow California’s economic engine — with regionally-selected solutions to regionally-defined problems.Click here for a broader overview.

The 5 Dimensions of Slingshot:

  • We can make the greatest impact on major jobs and employment issues at the regional level.
  • We must turn the tide on income mobility in California.
  • We need to tackle big issues.
  • We need to measure what we undertake.
  • We must create the space to take risks

WORKFORCE ACCELERATOR FUND

The California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department funded projects that design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for California job seekers. The State Board and EDD will fund projects and partnerships to create and prototype innovative strategies that bridge education and workforce gaps for targeted populations, and initial implementation of promising models and practices in workforce system service delivery infrastructure.

Projects accelerate skill development, employment, and reemployment for one or more of the target populations (long-term unemployed, returning veterans, individuals with disabilities, low-income workers, CalWORKS participants, disconnected youth, ex-offenders, and immigrant job seekers).

Workforce Accelerator Fund Goals:

  • Improve labor market and skills outcomes for the target groups through the development of strategies that fill gaps, accelerate processes, or customize services to ensure greater access to workforce services and employment opportunities.
  • Create new modes for service delivery and funding alignment that can be replicated across the State and tailored to regional needs.
  • Leverage State investment with commitments from industry, labor, public, and community partners.

Accelerator 4.0 Award Announcement
Accelerator 4.0 Launch Webinar PowerPoint

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Accelerator 3.0 Award Announcement

WAF 1.0 Executive Summaries

WAF 2.0 Executive Summaries

PROPOSITION 39 PRE-APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT, TRAINING AND PLACEMENT GRANT 2.0

Prop 39 2.0 will fund grant projects that fill critical workforce skill gaps by creating opportunities for disadvantaged California job seekers to earn industry-valued credentials and enter into pre-apprenticeship leading to apprenticeship, or direct employment in the energy efficiency or construction sectors.

The first round of Proposition 39 grants (Prop 39 1.0) was announced in February 2014, and resulted in ten innovative projects (click here for a full list of grantees). Prop 39 2.0 will build upon these successes, and solicit new strategies for California’s green/clean economy.

Project Goals:– Train at risk youth, women, veterans, and other disadvantaged job seekers in green job skills- Create structured pathways to apprenticeship- Build the energy-efficiency workforce- Align systems and leverage funding to optimize results and reduce service duplication- Implement, replicate, and/or scale successful innovations that emerged from Prop 39 1.0 projects

The Prop 39 2.0 RFA was revised to extend the application due date for Development applications to June 30, 2016. Please see page 12 of the Addendum #1 RFA for this change.

Addendum 1 Prop 39 2.0 RFA

CalJOBS Quick Start Guide

Prop 39 1.0 Extensions

Prop 39 2.0 Grant Awards

Appendix 2 – Prop 39 2.0 Application Forms

Form 8 – Bidder Declaration

MC3 Flow Chart

FAQs (Updated December 11, 2015)

Build Trades MC3 FAQs

Critical Dates

Application WorkshopPresentation Slides
Orientation Webinar10-11amMarch 18th, 2016
Developmented Application Due3pmJune 30th, 2016
For more information, please refer to the RFA. Send any questions to CWDBInfo@cwdb.ca.gov

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION GRANT

In July 2013, the California Workforce Development Board (State Board) awarded $880,000 in total to four recipients under the High Concentration of Eligible Youth Manufacturing Skills Project/ Career Technical Education (CTE) Grant.  This grant will pilot youth manufacturing projects and further linkage to education and manufacturers to serve WIA eligible youth.  Grantees will either extend or create opportunities for regions to provide job training, soft skills training, earn-and-learn programs, and certification attainment.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (ComP)

Grantees will participate in an information and strategy exchange referred to as the “Community of Practice.” This community is created amongst the grantees and is meant to be a place to discover and share promising practices and strategies that could possibly lead to positive systemic change in the way that services and training are delivered.  The ComP meetings convene every quarter.  Each of the grantees will bring a team of four or more stakeholders/partners to participate in activities that strengthen communication so that information, strategies, and ideas can be readily exchanged.

For list of Grantees, click here. .