Welcome to the Durham Workforce Authority
Sector Partnership Planning Grant
June 19, 2017 – The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has released a new grant – the Sector Partnership Planning Grant.
The Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel identified that gaps exist between training, employment programs, and the needs of employers and workers. Workforce partnerships have proven to help regional industries and employers improve their competitiveness while also supporting access to better jobs for low-skilled or unemployed workers.
The objective of the Sector Partnership Planning Grant is to support the development of partnerships and strategies that will identify workforce needs among industry employers, and develop employment and training solutions that meet the needs of employers, job seekers and workers.
By identifying needs and opportunities, the sector partnerships will propose solutions to:
- help employers find workers with the right skills that employers need to compete and prosper.
- help workers gain the right skills that will connect them to in-demand jobs within specific sectors.
- identify opportunities to provide training to current workers that support the skill development (including literacy and essential skills) and advancement of workers.
- address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of key sectors by bringing together employers, training providers, employment and workforce planning organizations. \
- better align regional industry workforce needs with the ministry’s skills training investments.
The recommendations identified through these partnerships will help modernize key employment and training programs, such as Second Career and the Canada Ontario Job Grant, to better address the workforce challenges of today and tomorrow.
The ministry is seeking applications for the Sector Partnership Planning Grant up to a maximum of $50,000 per project. Projects will identify workforce challenges among employers in a particular sector or industry, and develop solutions in partnership with employment and training providers. Workforce strategies and skills training opportunities identified through the partnerships will be eligible for funding in future skills training request for proposals (RFPs).
Applications will be posted June 19, 2017. The deadline to submit applications is July 19, 2017, 11:59 p.m. The successful applicants will be announced August 4, 2017. Full details about this grant and the application can be found on the Employment Ontario Partners’ Gateway (EOPG). Further questions about the program can be sent to SPPG@ontario.ca from June 20 to June 30, 2017.