Continuing its commitment to breaking down barriers between Pennsylvania workers and family support jobs, on Friday, July 15, the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) announced a third round of literacy grants Digital and Workforce Development (DLWDG) totaling approximately $1.35 million. to support local programs offering digital literacy training. Up to $45,000 is available for the 31 programs across the state that received a first round of digital literacy funding in April 2021.
“The additional funding provided through the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants will further expand existing projects and create financial stability for many Pennsylvanians,” said L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier. “Pennsylvania employers need workers with basic digital literacy skills from day one. With this funding, community programs can help workers by giving them access to the basic digital skills they need to succeed when applying for jobs and performing essential job tasks.
To address the persistent barrier of digital literacy, the DLWDG grant was created to support local programs that provide digital literacy training to individuals to develop and maintain the skills needed to gain high-quality jobs. The DLWDGs are 100% funded by the federal government through federal business funding from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
WIOA’s statewide activity funding can be used to help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed on the work market.
This additional funding will help Round 1 grantees modify their programs based on client feedback and lessons learned. Applications must be sent before August 15, 2022 at 4 p.m.
In March, L&I awarded nearly $900,000 in a second round of funding to 21 community programs offering digital literacy training.