NOVA Awarded $5.3 Million to Serve Long-term Unemployed

Nationally, the number of long-term unemployed (out of work for 27+ weeks) stands at 3 million or 31.2 percent of total unemployed workers; 36.4 percent of the unemployed in California are considered long-term unemployed. On October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that NOVA was awarded a $5.3 million Ready to Work Partnership grant to assist the long-term unemployed in this region return to work. This new program is a collaborative of five workforce investment boards — NOVA, San Mateo County, San Jose-based work2future, San Francisco and a portion of Alameda County — to provide long-term unemployed workers with a combined short-term skills training, individualized career advising, contemporary job search/career navigation training and paid internships leading to rapid reemployment in technology-focused occupations. A key component of this effort is extensive partnerships with the employer community, under the leadership of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Bay Area Council. This program is intended to close the gap between the talent required by Silicon Valley high-tech employers and the skill-sets of long-term unemployed job seekers.

NOVA was one of just 23 partnerships (one of two in California) to receive a grant nationwide, totaling nearly $170 million in funding. This is a four-year grant. For more information, please visit the DOL press release. The San Jose Mercury News featured an article about NOVA’s grant award in its October 16 edition titled, "Sunnyvale: Employment nonprofit gets $5.3 million federal grant."

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