This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) sets forth the requirements for funding the Illinois Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the Energy Transition Barrier Reduction Program as specified by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA, Public Act 102-0662). These two CEJA workforce programs are intended to help accelerate the adoption of clean energy sources, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency efforts. State and federal investments in clean energy are expected to generate significant construction, installation, maintenance, and repair workforce activity in Illinois. Historically, these investments have not benefited all Illinois communities and workers. The Illinois Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program was created to address these historical inequities.
To create a qualified, diverse pipeline of workers prepared for careers in construction and building trades and clean energy jobs opportunities therein, the Illinois Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program creates a network of Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Centers throughout the State that recruit, prescreen, and provide pre-apprenticeship skills training. Upon completion, participants will be connected to and prepared to complete apprenticeship programs in the construction and building trades.
This Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program NOFO includes funding for the delivery of Energy Transition Barrier Reduction services for program participants. Barrier reduction services include funding for stipends, childcare, transportation, driver’s education fees, textbooks, tools, and more. Read the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Press Release about this funding opportunity.