The Workforce Intermediary Program is administered through the DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC), and is based on nationally-recognized best practices in sectoral workforce development and the recommendations of a specially appointed Workforce Intermediary Task Force. Sector-specific workforce programs are a key component of the recently passed federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), and the initiative brings together multiple stakeholders connected to key industries with significant employment growth and importance to the District’s economy.
The Workforce Intermediary is building on existing workforce and education programs to promote a shared understanding of industries' workforce needs, advance training that meets those needs, coordinate services for job seekers; and help employers find qualified job candidates.
Hospitality Sector Strategy
The WIC supports job placement and training strategies targeting the hospitality industry, which serve both job seekers and businesses. Based on ongoing feedback from industry stakeholders and analyses of labor market data, the WIC is increasing the capacity of training providers that offer industry-specific credentials and partnering with other public sector stakeholders to align services with industry needs.
The WIC currently supports two performance-based grants to fund job training and related services to eligible District residents in hospitality industry occupations. DC Central Kitchen was awarded a grant to provide training in culinary arts occupations and the University of the District of Columbia – Community College (UDC-CC) was awarded a grant in partnership with Goodwill of Greater Washington and Progressive Partners LLC to provide training in hotel occupations. Both grantees began using these funds in April 2014 to expand the capacity of their existing programs by serving additional participants and enhancing program offerings.
A Hospitality Industry Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from hotel and restaurant industry associations, businesses, and labor unions is assisting the WIC in overseeing the program and ensuring that program services are meeting the needs of employers in the hospitality industry.
Construction Sector Strategy
The WIC is partnering with the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to create additional pipelines into apprenticeship and other career pathways to journey worker or skilled laborer opportunities in the construction industry; and ensure that services are aligned with businesses’ needs. Based on ongoing conversations with construction industry firms, labor unions, and training providers and analyses of labor market data, the WIC is working with DOES to support additional pre-apprenticeship capacity and support services for individuals that are already participating in construction workforce programs; as well as aligning these efforts with jobseeker intake and placement initiatives. The WIC will convene industry stakeholders and administer grants to support these efforts, while DOES’s Center for Construction Careers, which will be housed in Ward 8, will provide intake, tracking, and placement services to assist construction employers in identifying skilled workers.
The WIC awarded two performance-based grants to fund construction pre-apprenticeship training and support services to eligible District residents with additional financial support from DOES. AFL-CIO Community Services Agency was awarded a grant to provide pre-apprenticeship training through their Building Futures program and Collaborative Solutions for Communities was awarded a grant to provide support services to individuals that are already participating in construction workforce programs. Both grantees began operating in November 2014 and will work closely with the WIC and DOES’s Center for Construction Careers to provide eligible DC residents with the skills and support services they need to advance towards journey worker and skilled laborer opportunities.
The WIC is convening a Construction Industry Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from DOES, employers, labor unions, and industry associations that help guide the efforts of grantee under this solicitation and provide input on the broader workforce system’s construction-related efforts.
Request for Applications (RFA) for Workforce Intermediary Services
The WIC has awarded several grants for various workforce intermediary-related services; and additional opportunities may be forthcoming.
The following RFAs are currently active:
- There are currently no active RFAs for this program.
The following RFAs are no longer active and/or have already been awarded:
- Hospitality Job Placement Partner
- Hospitality Job Training Services
- Construction Pre-Apprenticeship and Support Services