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Work Based Learning & Training Grants

New Grant Opportunity: APPLICATION DEADLINE March 18, 2024.

Thank you for your interest in the Vermont Department of Labor Work-Based Learning and Training Opportunity! Apply Now.

    Grant Funding Opportunity Description  

    The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) champions opportunities for up-skilling and re-skilling among Vermont's workforce through the dynamic Work-Based Learning and Training Program. This initiative is crafted to engage and benefit all working-age Vermonters seeking valuable experiences in work-based learning and training.

    The Vermont Department of Labor has developed a statewide Work-Based Learning and Training Program that serves transitioning secondary and postsecondary students and Vermonters seeking work-based experience as part of a career experience or change and is designed to support Vermonters who are graduating from postsecondary education or a secondary CTE program or who are pursuing a career change with a paid on-the-job work experience lasting 12 weeks or fewer, and support employers by providing them with assistance in developing and implementing meaningful work-based learning and training opportunities.   

    Funding of this grant may be used to build or administer a new or existing Work Based Learning and Training program or to provide interns with stipends during the Work Based Learning and Training. From a programmatic perspective, the division's goal is to serve 400 individuals over the course of the fiscal year. 

    To view the full grant plan, click here.

    Funding Available: $1,000,000.00. No individual award will be for more than $75,000.

    Who Can Apply:


    • Your business operates in Vermont.
    • Your organization is in good standing with the State of Vermont.
    • Your business has an account with Vermont Job Link.

    What We'reLooking For:

    Proposal Criteria: 

    • We want proposals that help create and grow Work-Based Learning and Training programs in Vermont.
    • These programs should focus on secondary and postsecondary levels, specifically in career or technical education.
    • The grants won't go to projects replacing existing positions with work-based learners.

    Make Your Business Application Stand Out

    • New Opportunities: If your idea creates new chances for Work-Based Learning and Training with a Vermont employer.
    • Other Funding: If you, the employer, industry group, or others also pay for things like program administration, intern stipends, equipment, mentoring, or other incentives.
    • Intern Numbers: The more interns you plan on sponsoring, the better!
    • Job Possibilities: Work-Based Learning and Training could lead to a job offer for the participant.
    • Creative Approaches: If you have new and creative ways to find, choose, and support interns, especially those with disabilities, language needs, or who are historically excluded,
    • Special Jobs: If your plan aligns with the state's to increase the workforce in jobs that are in high demand.

    Application Timeline

    • Applications Open: February 1, 2024
    • Applications Due: March 18, 2024
    • Grant Period: April 15, 2024 - December 31, 2024

    Questions about the process? Please reach out to for any further inquiries. 

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