Finding funding for career readiness & employability programs

Because we know that for most of our learners, education and training are a means to an end — a job that supports them and their family — employability is the ultimate purpose of what we do. Here’s some advice regarding key funding sources for programs that equip people with the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive global economy.

Words to look for

As you search for grants to fund programs focused on preparing students for the workforce, try the following keywords:

  • Workforce readiness
  • Career and technical education
  • Healthcare
  • Apprenticeships
  • 21st century jobs
  • Literacy
  • College readiness
  • Veterans
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Earn and learn
  • Postsecondary adult and vocational education
  • Continuing education grants

Key career readiness and employability grants

U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration (DOLETA)

Youth Build, TechHire Partnership, and Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants are some of the grant programs that DOLETA offers to bolster workforce education and training programs that prepare youth, dislocated workers, and underrepresented Americans with the skills necessary for finding work.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

College readiness a central part of the Bill & Melinda Gate’s education funding activities. The Gates Foundation supports college readiness projects in K-12 school systems, as well as research higher education institutions and other research organizations conduct to understand the factors and indicators that support college readiness.

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U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)

OCTAE grants and programs support a wide range of activities that help prepare young people and adults for further education and successful careers.

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Online courses to meet industry demands
Pearson Workforce Education

We partner with institutions to create quality workforce training programs that can help improve outcomes for students, local communities, and institutions. Our 70+ online, self-paced, and instructor-led courses can diversify and bolster your workforce program.

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