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The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $98.5 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants authorized by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (P.L. 112-10). These funds support innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system, both in terms of outcomes for job seeker and employer customers and cost-effectiveness.


Of special interest to the members of this Community of Practice is the text on Page 5 of the SGA, in the section that provides Examples of Innovation.


Improving linkages between employment and training services and labor market needs


Developing new programs for out-of-school youth that combine training in high-growth industry sectors with basic skills remediation and that incorporate placement into subsidized or unsubsidized employment opportunities;


Building sector strategies that align employment and training services with the skill needs of regional employers in new or changing industry sectors;


Developing new models to support and strengthen partnerships with business;


Building partnerships with employers and community colleges or high schools to combine general academic instruction with occupational training;



Also of interest is the reference to Real-Time LMI in the section on New uses of technology  


Expanding the availability and quality of on-line job training, distance/blended learning, virtual case management, and web-based career navigation tools;


Leveraging social media, text messaging alerts, and other technology to provide job-matching services to the unemployed;


Leveraging social media and other Web 2.0 technologies to support strong networks among job seekers and employers and improve outreach and strategic communication; or


Enhancing the use of real-time labor market information and other data analysis to improve services to job seekers and employers.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit  to access more information about the Workforce Innovation Fund, as well tools and resources to support application development. An online tutorial for prospective applicants is available at, "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants," available through Workforce3One at: .

Prospective applicants can register on to access the SGA. Additional grant information is also available at