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October 15, 2014
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Silicon Valley Workforce Collaborative Receives Grant from Department of Labor to Serve Long-Term Unemployed
Sunnyvale, Calif.— The Silicon Valley Ready to Work Initiative, a collaborative of five local workforce investment boards led by Sunnyvale’s NOVA Workforce Development, has been announced as one of the 23 grantees nationwide (and one of two in California) in the U. S. Department of Labor’s Ready to Work grant competition. The project is designed to close the gap between long-term unemployed job seekers and tech employers searching for talent. Employer partners include the Bay Area Council and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The award is $5,293,884 over a four-year period.
These grants are part of the Obama administration’s effort to address the ongoing issue of long-term unemployment. "There's no question that individuals struggling with long-term unemployment are better off than they were 12 months ago, but there are still twice as many of them as there were before the recession. The constant struggle to find work has left many of them feeling discouraged and disregarded," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "The federal grants we're awarding today are part of a series of administration initiatives designed to help encourage, empower and employ this pool of talented individuals."
The project will serve job seekers in the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, and southern Alameda County and combines individualized career advising, short-term skills training, contemporary job search skills and career navigation training, paid internships, and specialized support services including networking and financial counseling—leading to rapid reemployment in technology-focused occupations.
NOVA, the lead agency on the project, offers nationally recognized services to job seekers, including job search workshops, career advising, networking groups, access to computers, training assistance, on-site employer recruitment sessions, and more. All services are at no cost to job seekers. For more information, visit www.novaworks.org.
The NOVA Workforce Board, in conjunction with the City of Sunnyvale, oversees the services and activities of the NOVA Job Center, a grant-funded workforce development agency serving the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. NOVA provides customer- focused services for individuals seeking retraining and reemployment, as well as for local businesses seeking professional solutions for human resource issues. Additional information on NOVA and its services is available at www.novaworks.org. NOVA is a service of the City of Sunnyvale.