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Work Based Learning & Training Grants

New Grant Opportunity Available starting February 1, 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’s 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 divisions 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:

    Eligibility: 

    • 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're Looking 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 are also paying 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: If the Work-Based Learning and Trainings 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 historically excluded.
    • Special Jobs: If your plan aligns with the state's efforts to increase the workforce in jobs that are in high demand.

    Application Timeline

    • Applications Open: February 1, 2024
    • Applications Due: February 29, 2024
    • Awards Announced: March 29, 2024
    • Grant Period: April 15, 2024 - December 31, 2024

    Questions about the process? Please reach out to Labor.Grants@vermont.gov for any further inquiries. The deadline for questions is February 22, 2024, to provide enough time for our team to respond.

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