RI Department of Labor and Training


Opportunity to Learn More about Real Jobs Rhode Island Tomorrow

May 21, 2015

CRANSTON, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training will host a Real Jobs Rhode Island pre-proposal conference tomorrow, Friday, May 22, 2015, at Save the Bay in Providence. This is an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the Real Jobs Rhode Island process as well as details about how to apply.

Real Jobs Rhode Island is a new initiative proposed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo to connect businesses, educators, training providers, and human service organizations across the state to help them identify specific workforce needs, convene partnerships to meet these needs, and propose targeted training plans to skill up individuals and quickly connect job seekers to job openings.

Up to $25,000 in seed grant funding is available per applicant group. Tomorrow’s conference will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence. Planning grant applications may be downloaded at www.DLT.ri.gov/RealJobs/PlanGrant.htm. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Each planning grant applicant group must initially include at least two industry employers and representatives from two of the following types of partner entities:

  • Two and four-year institutions of higher education
  • Local governments
  • Local workforce boards
  • Regional and local economic development entities
  • Industry associations
  • Labor unions
  • Economic development entities K-12 programs
  • Philanthropic groups, nonprofits, and community-based organizations
  • Other training providers or programs or other industry-relevant partners

Questions about the proposal process may be submitted by e-mail to dlt.realjobs@dlt.ri.gov no later than Friday, May 29, 2015, at 5 p.m. All questions and answers will be posted to www.DLT.ri.gov/RealJobs. Applications are due Friday, July 3, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Real Jobs Rhode Island is a flexible grant program aiming to ensure that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for workers. Grants are administered by DLT and funded by the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB). The GWB administers the state Job Development Fund, a long-standing state account dedicated to improving the skills and employability of Rhode Island's workforce. Real Jobs Rhode Island puts employers at the center of the state’s workforce development system, which is where they belong.


ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.