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Workforce Readiness Links to Resources

    Rhode Island Department of Labor Website

    While you may be familiar with the RI Department of Labor website information on Benefit Services and Job Seeker Services, did you know that the site has important workforce development information and resources?

    Labor Market Information Services

    The Labor Market Information page has information on State and Federal Labor Statistics, Projections and Surveys. Also included are an Employer Handbook, Guide to RI Labor Laws, DLT Annual Report, Investment Tax Credit, Publications and a Career Resource Network.

    Workforce Programs and Services

    Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training's Workforce Development Services connects Southern New England to employment, workforce information, education and training. netWORKri Career Centers are 'One-Stop Centers' for all employment and training needs. The Workforce Development Services division is a partnership of federal, state and local services and agencies. The Workforce Services Division is your single point of contact for information on the wide range of employment & training services available to job seekers and employers. Employers, job seekers and those with special needs can visit any one of our netWORKri Career Centers throughout the state and receive seamless and comprehensive services.

    Job Seeker Services

    NetWORKri is Rhode Island's One-Stop Career Center System, a partnership of professional labor, training, and education organizations. There are six netWORKri Centers conveniently located throughout the state where jobseekers and employers are matched through quality employment programs and services. Whether you are a jobseeker looking for just the right job or an employer looking for qualified employees they have all the resources to make it easy for all at no cost!

    Employer Education Series

    The DLT Employer Education Series will answer your questions, enabling you to operate more efficiently and boost your bottom line!

    RI Dept. of Labor and Training State Workforce Investment Office (SWIO)

    The SWIO is the principle agency responsible for administering and overseeing the federally-funded Workforce Investment Act programs. Our goal is to provide you with all the latest information and policies as well as offer important links to our providers and services.

    · Training Providers who would like their courses certified/re-certified and added to the Program Year 2007 Statewide Eligible Training Provider List, should utilize the weblink link below for important information regarding the process.

    · Interested in training? If you are qualified to participate in a training program funded under the Workforce Investment Act, utilize the web link to view the list of training options for Adults and Dislocated Workers.

    · Interested youth between the ages of 14-21 may be eligible to participate in youth programs which offer activities such as academic services, work experience, leadership development, job shadowing, basic life skills to name a few. Find out what's available at the link below.

    Labor Standards Division

    The Labor Standards Division is charged with administering and enforcing the Labor Laws that affect the workforce within the State of Rhode Island. This division investigates wage complaints throughout the State of Rhode Island with regard to compliance with issues such as Child Labor, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Sunday/Holiday Premium Pay, Parental and Family Medical Leave and Industrial Homework, as well as the process used with regard to hiring of Minors, investigating suspected violations and ensuring compliance of the law.

    More Rhode Island Workforce Resources/Links

    The Governor's Workforce Board - Rhode Island

    The Governor's Workforce Board is getting ready to launch the 2007 Comprehensive Workforce Training Grant Program. $2,000,000 has been allocated for employee training projects. All employers that pay into the Job Development Fund (except those that received a Round One or Round Two 2006 Workforce Improvement Grant)
    are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in matching funds to train their existing workforce. Applications are being accepted now and proposals are due by February 16, 2007.

    Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
    One of RIEDC's primary missions is to assist in the growth and expansion of existing RI firms. Information is provided on various tax credit incentives and job training incentive programs offered by the State of Rhode Island.

    Workforce Partnership of Greater RI

    The WPGRI Offers...

    • Grant writing assistance, information and referrals to alternate resources for companies and business consortia
    • Facilitation of employer participation in federal, state and local workforce development programs
    • Coordinator of job fairs, grant application workshops, and education linkages
    • Support to industry groups and associations
    • Develop customized training programs to address employer skill shortages

    Contact: Dottie Miller 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Bldg.
    73 P.O. Box 8680 Cranston, RI 02920-0680
    Tel: 401-462-8727 Fax: 401-462-8725

    United Way

    A United Way Focus: Increasing Job Skills

    Goals: Improving skills and attaining jobs for the low-income/low-skilled workforce, developing safe and thriving communities, and increasing the amount of money returned to residents of Rhode Island under the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Investment: $2.65 million over 21 months through December 2006. Program investments in job development, neighborhood development and an Earned Income Tax Credit initiative.

    Highlights of strategic efforts and investments:

    · Brought together experts from public, private and nonprofit sectors to tackle the complex problem of adult self-sufficiency in a coordinated way. We believe this is a critical adult literacy/job skills strategic collaboration in the state focusing exclusively on the needs of low income, low skilled, unemployed or underemployed Rhode Islanders.

    · Piloting a cutting edge work-force development program, Skill Up Rhode Island, to work with specific employers to identify their entry level job skill needs and working with providers to train individuals to meet those needs. Up to four workforce partnerships will be funded beginning in early 2007.

    · Supporting development of a work readiness certification for Rhode Island.

    Program Funding:

    Amos House Support to help expand the capacity of the culinary arts training program, to include restaurant instruction and a micro-business, catering for Charter Schools and private schools throughout Rhode Island. At least 100 students will participate and place 60 graduates in the food service industry.

    Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center, Inc. Support for three 6-month career academy training programs for adults with limited literacy and language skills. The goal is to prepare them with job-specific and/or industry-specific skills that meet the entry level employment and on-the-job-training requirements of multiple customer service occupations. The program design includes academic instruction, mentoring, internships, job placement and follow-up support services for a minimum of 36 adults, placing 27 in the customer service industry.

    Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of RI in conjunction with eight substance abuse agencies in Rhode Island proposes to establish a Latino Substance Abuse Counselor in Training Program. Trainees will complete a one year competency based instructional program that will include 152 hours of substance abuse training in conjunction with on the job supervised paid work experience at participating organizations. "Will place 36 bi-lingual/Latinos as substance abuse counselors."

    The Elmwood Foundation The Elmwood Collaborative will implement key features of the Elmwood Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP). This program will meet NRP objectives including continuing to work with the neighborhood to implement improvements to Elmwood Avenue and Updike Street to a) improve pedestrian safety and comfort, b) calm traffic, and c) increase environmental health through both restoration of the neighborhood's historic street trees and through creating a small central neighborhood park in the residential Updike Street area.

    Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island Our Employee Entry and Advancement program will allow for under-served populations to access the job training, adult vocational education and social services needed to help them obtain and retain employment for at least 30 trainees. There will be particular focus on the role of the job retention staff who will insure the retention of employment and maximization of income on the part of program graduates who have major barriers to employment.

    Groundwork Providence The Groundwork Providence Environmental Lead Inspector and Apprenticeship program offers advanced training to participants of Groundwork's Brownfields Job Training and Development Program. This program is offered to low income, un- and underemployed residents in the Cities of Providence and Pawtucket and will place 10 lead abatement inspectors.

    International Institute Rhode Island The program serves refugees primarily from Africa and now living in the Providence area aims to place and provide skill training for 27 low income workers in a variety of careers that have career ladders and the possibility for advancement.

    John Hope Settlement House Support for VITA sites serving Providence, Southside/West End, and Olneyville with the goal of increasing to 1750 the number of low-income working households filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation The Barton Street Neighborhood Revitalization Project (BSNRP) is a comprehensive, community-based project that carries out the goals and objectives set forth in the Barton Street Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Focus on greenspace, youth activities and anti-prostitution. This comprehensive community based project will work with Groundwork Providence and the YWCA of RI, both recipients of grants.

    Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization Committee The goal is to create a more beautiful, functional and inviting environment that will attract higher levels of investment from its residents and businesses. Grant funds will be used for youth planning, community arts, the Pallisade Mills revitalization and street lights.

    Rhode Island Community Action Association with the Westbay Community Action Program Support for VITA sites at CAP organizations, which cover the entire state with the goal of increasing to 1500-2000 the number of low-income working households filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit in areas outside of the capital city.

    Rhode Island Community Food Bank Community Kitchen is a culinary job-training program for low-income, unemployed adults. This program offers training, workshops, hands on experience, CPR and national ServSafe certifications, and employment opportunities. A minimum of 24 will be placed in the food service industry.

    Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council This program will build upon the Olneyville Action Plan's River - Riverside Park - Manton Avenue Focus Area' which highlights the importance of the efforts to rehabilitate a 9 acre brownfield Riverside Mills into a neighborhood park. The proposed program will ensure the successful reconnection of the community to a revitalized and safe greenspace and recreational asset through participation in the CPTED training program, the formation of programming for the park and the development of a Friends of the Park advocacy group.

    YWCA of Greater Rhode Island Support for the VITA site serving Central Falls and Pawtucket, with the goal of increasing to 180 the number of low-income women filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Year Up The program provides under-served urban young adults with an opportunity to achieve economic self-sufficiency through technology-oriented careers and continuing education. The program is a one year apprenticeship program for urban young adults ages 18-24. The program outlined in this proposal is Year Up's first cohort of 22 participants in Rhode Island. At least 16 will be placed in the IT industry.

    YouthBuild Providence (The Providence Plan) YouthBuild Providence is an alternative education and job-training program for dropouts between the ages of 16 and 24. During the ten-month program, young adults gain the educational foundation and work skills they need to earn a good job and put them on track for a better future. At least 30 to be placed in the construction trades.

    2-1-1 In 2006, United Way Board of Directors took the significant step of authorizing $500,000 annually to build and maintain United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island. Nationally, 2-1-1 systems are available in nearly 40 states. 2-1-1 is an information and referral system similar to "411" that will connect individuals and families to valuable resources at appropriate community based organizations or government agencies. It will create significant efficiencies in the human service system in the state. 2-1-1 played a significant role in assisting Florida and Gulf Coast residents during their recent battles with severe weather, including Hurricane Katrina. United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island will be built on the HelpLine that has been ably staffed by CrossRoads-RI.

    Our Earned Income Tax Credit outreach project continues to reap great benefits for individuals who work, but still live in poverty. A collaboration of grassroots agencies, faith organizations, Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, backed by a $150,000 investment from United Way, nearly doubled last year's returns reaching more than $9.6 million in credits, refunds and saved tax preparation fees that will assist families during these financially challenging times.


    Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston

    In 2017, Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston, and the RI Department of Labor & Training will be continuing their themed job fairs to connect Rhode Island employers with our state's diverse group of job seekers.

    Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island

    The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island is an employment and training resource providing responsive, market-based solutions for employers and potential workers.


    Federal Government Resources

    Federal Welfare to Work Training Credit (WWTC)

    A credit available to businesses hiring certain eligible individuals. 

    U.S. Small Business Administration

    Assists small businesses to gain access to new pools of potential workers and assists former welfare recipients to become entrepreneurs.

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