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Department of Labor announces approximately $35M in additional funding available for 2nd round of Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs grants

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $35 million in funding through the second round of Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs grants to prepare workers for the good-paying infrastructure jobs being created by the Biden-Harris administration’s “Investing in America” agenda. 

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the grants enable public-private partnerships to develop, implement and scale worker-centered programs that train people for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, information technology and professional, scientific and technical service occupations.  

“The Biden-Harris administration’s historic investments in clean energy and infrastructure projects are creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs across the country,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training José Javier Rodríguez. “The Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program helps honor the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensuring all workers – including women, people of color, veterans and those who have been historically left behind – have access to the training and skills needed to fill the good jobs being created.” 

In September 2023, the department announced nearly $94 million in grants awarded to 34 recipients in 25 states and the District of Columbia in the first round of Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs grants. 

The second round of funding announced today requires applicants to choose one of the following tracks: 

  • Development track: Establishes local and regional partnerships to implement new sector-based training programs in infrastructure-related sectors. 
  • Scaling track: Expands an existing local or regional training partnership model with success in a specific infrastructure-related sector to the state or national level. 

Successful lead applicants from round one may not apply as lead applicants for round two. They are eligible to apply as partners in this round.

The additional funds announced today will continue to focus on designing workforce training programs that embed diversity, equality, inclusion and accessibility, create pathways in infrastructure-related industries and leverage the Good Jobs Principles as outlined by the Departments of Labor and Commerce. 

Learn more about the Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program funding opportunity and apply.

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