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State labor officials offer nearly $19 million for workforce training grants

By: - May 12, 2022 3:15 pm

Oregon will spend $100 million training underserved populations in health care, construction and manufacturing. (Maj. W. Chris Clyne/ Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

State officials have nearly $19 million to spend on training Oregonians to work in construction, health care and manufacturing. 

Earlier this month, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries opened the bidding process for training and apprenticeship programs for underserved communities, including women, people of color, rural residents, low-income residents, people with disabilities, tribal communities and veterans.

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The money is part of Gov. Kate Brown’s $200 million Future Ready Oregon plan that was passed by the state Legislature in February and aims to stem Oregon’s workforce shortage and bolster the economy while training residents for careers.

Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle said the money will be used for training and apprenticeship programs in manufacturing and health care and to expand training and support in the construction industry to help participants become certified in a trade. 

The Bureau of Labor and Industries will approve applications worth up to $1.25 million as part of its large grant program. Those will be limited to $6 million in this first round. Grants up to $10,000 are open to community organizations, tribal communities, organizations that serve underserved populations and existing programs. Applicants have until June 2 at 5 p.m. to submit their proposals in this first round. Two other rounds will be held later in the year.

The Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council will approve the program elements and will announce the awards during a public meeting, according to Amanda Kraus, an agency spokeswoman said. 

“Successful programs will align with BOLI’s focus on creating equitable access to apprenticeship with an outcomes-driven approaches to reaching, retaining, and graduating Oregonians from historically underserved communities,” the labor agency said in a statement.

“This is a time-sensitive opportunity, and we encourage all to share this information,” Hoyle said in a statement. “This is a historic investment and utilizing the apprenticeship model in new industries is our path to securing more family-sustaining wages for workers without the burden of student loan debt.”

 

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Lynne Terry
Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

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