Grant Application Toolbox

The 2019 Grant Application Deadline is May 29


Contractor In-House Training

Individual construction companies are encouraged to apply for grants to help fund in-house training. Grants can only be used to provide 50 percent of the cost of the training.

Some keys to a successful contractor grant application:

1.   NCCER Curriculum
2.   Contractor involvement (i.e. rewarding graduates with increased pay)
3.   Online/Distance learning so employees can continue training when working out of town
4.   Continue work schedule while in training
5.   Multi-year programs


Contractor Committee Grant Checklist

The partnership between contractors and education providers is key to the process of obtaining a grant from the Craft Training Board and providing non-residential construction skills education for incumbent workers as well as industry recruits. As you form committees, identify training providers and work through the grant process, please keep in mind that this money will be available on a continuing basis. So, you will be able to work over multiple years to build a program for your area.

Here are some steps to participating:

1.   Frank Barnes, director of Construction Division/Finance Department -- (334) 242-4082 or Frank. Barnes@bc.alabama.gov – administers our program.

2.   Put together a diverse workforce committee to determine training needs and actively participate in the process.

3.   The committee should work with a training provider -- community college, high school or training foundation -- from the beginning to determine how best to provide the training for the skills education grant for which the committee plans to apply and to determine the level of contractor participation (providing materials, paying part of the tuition, etc.). Partnering with high schools to provide night instruction can be an effective way to provide adult education. You may want to allow high school seniors to participate with adults, which could create more work-ready graduates.

4.   Engage the training provider to develop the curriculum and training delivery system; keep in mind that online training is a priority for the Craft Training Board, as is on the job training.

5.   NCCER Curriculum, on-the-job training and multi-year programs are high priorities for the grant committee. NCCER curriculum examples are available below.

6.   You may want to schedule classes in quarters so that students can enroll for specific skills training for different times of the year. Your committee also may want to pick NCCER modules from the available curriculum to help meet specific instruction needs.

Some keys to a successful grant application:

1.   NCCER Curriculum
2.   Contractor involvement
3.   Online/Distance learning so employees can continue training when working out of town
4.   On the job training
5.   Multi-year programs


Training Provider Grant Checklist

Contact Alabama AGC contractors, help create a workforce committee. agc can help form committees: contact josh caton at 205.451.1400 or joshc@alagc.org
a.    Contractors provide input on training needs
b.    Contractors should provide Letters of Need (Do not use form letters)
c.     Let contractors choose modules from NCCER curriculum

This non-residential construction training is a non-academic track
a.    Does not require a high school diploma
b.    NCCER curriculum is preferred
c.     Can use NCCER-certified experienced craftsmen as instructors
d.    Training provider/instructor maintain NCCER certifications for students

Online portable training with OJT is a priority
a.    Provide classroom and lab space in same facility
b.    You can use NCCER online Curriculum, i.e. NCCER Connect
c.     Classes can be twice weekly or more to do hands-on lab work and take assessment tests.
d.    Apprenticeship-style training may span more than one year

 


NCCER Curricula