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AB-1433 Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers Grant Program.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 7 (commencing with Section 14115) is added to Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

Article  7. Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers Grant Program
14115.
 As used in this article:
(a) “California Workforce Development Board” or “board” means the California Workforce Development Board established pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 14010).
(b) “Growth industry” means any of the following industries:
(1) Information and communications technologies.
(2) Life and health science.
(3) Clean technology.
(4) Education and knowledge creation.
(5) Public administration and critical infrastructure.
(c) “Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers Grant Program” or “grant program” means the Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers Grant Program established by this article.
(d) “Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers training program” or “training program” means a Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers training program in accordance with Section 14117.
(e) “Target populations” means populations of individuals who have recently become unemployed or experienced a reduction in hours and who do not possess skills to gain employment in a growth industry.
14116.
 (a) This article establishes the Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers Grant Program to be administered by the California Workforce Development Board.
(b) The grant program is aimed at economically disadvantaged groups who face significant barriers to employment, specifically individuals without college degrees or other industry recognized credentials.
(c) The purpose of the grant program is to support workers whose industries have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the service, hospitality, and entertainment sectors.
14117.
 (a) The board shall award grants to five counties for Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers training programs that, in partnership with community-based organizations, provide highly transferable digital literacy and technical skills via short-term certificate programs that will empower individuals for careers in growth industries. The board shall prioritize awards to jurisdictions with high rates of displaced workers that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health orders. The board shall require a county awarded a grant to prioritize the use of training programs already approved by the Employment Training Panel. The board shall not award a grant under this article if it determines that an existing Employment Training Panel program meets the needs of target populations to gain employment in a growth industry in the applicant jurisdiction.
(b) Eligible uses of training program funds include, but are not limited to, the development and implementation of the following Rapid Digital Upskilling for Displaced Workers components for a target population:
(1) Industry-recognized credential training curriculum.
(2) Wage replacement and essential technology stipends.
(3) Career counseling and job placement assistance.
(4) Community education and outreach about grant programs.
(5) Training program administration. Use of grant funds for administration shall not exceed 10 percent of the amount of the grant award.
(c) A county may apply to the board for a grant in accordance with this article. The application shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) A needs assessment based on consultation with the local business community about which skills are needed.
(2) A plan for how the county will work with community-based organizations to determine which underserved populations would benefit and how to conduct outreach.
(d) A county awarded a grant shall provide as part of the county’s training program a stipend that acts as wage replacement for an individual participating in the program. The amount of the stipend may take into account both the time necessary to complete the training program and the ability to provide for a participant’s personal and family needs.
14118.
 (a) The board shall prepare and submit to the Legislature, by March 1, 2023, a report regarding the uses and outcomes of funds appropriated for purposes of this article. The report shall include, at a minimum, the following information:
(1) The amount of funding provided for each of the training programs in the five counties.
(2) The number of county applications and the justification for awarded grants to counties.
(3) The number of individuals enrolled in the training programs.
(4) The number of individuals who completed the training programs.
(5) The number of individuals who gained new employment in a growth industry after completing a training program in accordance with this article.
(6) A breakdown by types of industries and business sectors in which individuals trained pursuant to the grant program gained employment.
(7) Evaluation of the effectiveness of the training programs, outreach, and materials developed.
(b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2026.
14119.
 Implementation of the grant program is contingent upon appropriation by the Legislature of funds for the purposes expressed in this article.