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Youth Apprenticeship NOFO Q&A Session


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Question and answer session to support applications for the Youth Apprenticeship Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), addressing questions concerning the application, partnerships, fiscal assistance, and employer engagement.

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Youth Apprenticeship NOFO Q&A Session

  1. 1. Youth NOFO Q&A Webinar March 30, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  2. 2. | 2 • Welcome • Quick Overview o Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth – Apprenticeship Plus Project - Jennifer Foil o Benefits of Apprenticeship Programs to Businesses – Patrick Campbell o Grant Application Submission – John Barr • Open Q&A Session • Other Opportunities Agenda
  3. 3. | 3 Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth Apprenticeship Plus Background • Youth unemployment in Illinois in 2013 was 19.3%, more than double that of the entire labor force at 9.2%. • Students are not aware of, nor adequately prepared for the vast number of career options that are available. • Apprenticeship is a single solution to help address employers’ needs for productive employees and young peoples’ needs for quality education and training that leads to good jobs with career potential. • Increase the number of youth earning industry-recognized credentials and post-secondary certificates in high-growth, high-demand occupations.
  4. 4. | 4 Apprenticeship Plus Framework
  5. 5. | 5 Benefits of Apprenticeship Programs for Businesses Aging Workforce and Skills Gap of Potential Employees – Gain the value of output by apprentices and reduction in errors. – Reduced turnover and improved recruitment, pipeline of skilled workers. – Greater employee engagement, problem-solving ability, flexibility to perform a variety of tasks, reduced need for supervision. Apprenticeship Plus is adaptable to companies’ needs Poaching myth Benefits vs. Costs & Commitment – Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, NH ▫ Apprenticeship program cost $59,700 per medical assistant offset by $48,000 per- apprentice reduction in overtime costs and $7,000 per apprentice in increased revenue from medical appointment bookings. ▫ First year nearly paid for itself; then an internal rate of return of at least 40%. – Siemens USA in Charlotte, NC ▫ 50% rate of return compared to hiring machinists off the street.
  6. 6. | 6 Apprenticeship Next Steps & Resources for Business How do I start? Determine the need & possible solution – Is it more of a pre-apprenticeship or youth apprenticeship? – How should it be implemented? ▫ On-the-Job Training ▫ Relevant instruction? ▫ Employer involvement? Beginning, middle, end, or all? ▫ Credentials and skills gained? – Expected outcomes? Create Partnerships – Determine necessary players and roles – MOUs
  7. 7. | 7 Funding Opportunity: Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Why this Apprenticeship opportunity? • Allows much freedom and creativity in the construction of the program. • Funding can be used for relevant instruction and OJT. • Reduce your financial risk. • Incubate a potential workforce solution.
  8. 8. | 8 Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Brief Overview • Target Group - Youth between the ages of 16 to 24 years old • Number of pilots – Two to three pilots per region • Average number of youth served per pilot – 10-15 youth • Targeted Industries ▫ Healthcare ▫ Manufacturing ▫ Information Technology ▫ Construction Trades ▫ Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics • Funding available – Grant awards will generally not exceed $350,000 • Partnerships can include businesses, local school districts, local community colleges, community-based organizations, and/or industry intermediaries such as IMA, etc. Partnerships are key!
  9. 9. | 9 Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Target Populations Additional points will be awarded for projects that target apprenticeships to youth with barriers to employment including (but not limited to) the following: – Low-Income youth; – Individuals with disabilities; – Ex‐offenders; – Homeless children and youths; – Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system; – Individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers; – Eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers; – Single parents (including single pregnant women); – Long‐term unemployed individuals.
  10. 10. | 10 Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Priority Communities This funding opportunity will target projects in the following communities: • North Central Region (Peoria Bloomington Normal area) • Southern Region (Mt. Vernon Marion area) • Northeast Region (Western and Southern townships in Cook County that are listed below) o Berwyn o Bloom o Bremen o Calumet o Cicero o Leyden o Palos o Proviso o Rich o Stickney o Thornton o Worth
  11. 11. | 11 Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Application Timeline YOUTH APPLICATION TIMELINE Application Posted 2/6/17 Bidders Conference 2/21/17 Develop Application Review Process/Team 2/24/17 Applications Due 4/17/17 Grant Negotiation 5/8/17 Grant Award (Anticipated) 5/31/17
  12. 12. | 12 Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program Submission Requirements Each applicant must submit the following: ▪ Executive Summary ▪ Technical Proposal – Applicant Capacity – Documentation of Need – Specific Project Requirements and Considerations – Project Plan ▪ Resumes of Key Program Staff ▪ Memorandum of Understanding ▪ Budget Proposal ▪ Applications must be received via email no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017
  13. 13. | 13 Grantee Registration & Pre-Award Review  Grantee Registration Website:  Grantee Pre-Qualification  Financial and Administrative Risk Assessment (ICQ – Internal Control Questionnaire)  Programmatic Risk Assessment
  14. 14. | 14 Application Information Session
  15. 15. | 15 Open Questions & Answer Session
  16. 16. | 16 ADDITIONAL INFORAMTION CHICAGO WORKSHOP April 4, 2017, 10AM REGISTER HERE: Michael A. Bilandic Building [Please allow time to pass through building security] 160 N. LaSalle Street 5th Floor Auditorium Chicago, Illinois SPRINGFIELD WORKSHOP April 5, 2017, 10AM REGISTER HERE: Lincoln Land Community College SIU Center for Workforce Development 2450 Foundation Drive, Suite 100 Springfield, Illinois
  17. 17. | 17 Have questions later? Contact… Jennifer Foil 815-753-1765