The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $89 million in grants in 31 states and Puerto Rico to help youth ages 16-24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market to obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries. The DOL informed Pettus ISD that it was awarded $1,499,962 to fund the program for two years.
Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, YouthBuild grants support a pre-apprenticeship model to help these young people learn valuable occupational skills. They will split their time between workplace training and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree and prepare for postsecondary opportunities.
“YouthBuild meets young people where they live, and wherever they are on their path to educational attainment and career success,” said Principal Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Suzi LeVine. “Even as these grants are awarded, the Employment and Training Administration is working on the next YouthBuild funding opportunity, always with an eye to equity and inclusion in terms of the communities involved, and the individual participants served.”
In total, ETA has awarded 68 grants – ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million each – to organizations that deliver training and employment in several in-demand industries, including construction, where youth put their classroom learning to use in building or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their neighborhoods. They will also be prepared for employment in other in-demand industries such as healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, culinary arts and hospitality.