The goal of this NOFO is to provide apprenticeship and workforce opportunities for candidates interested in solar industry positions, including diverse low-income, or economically disadvantaged populations. The Department seeks proposals that meet the specifications outlined in this NOFO to develop career pathways, provide training and establish apprenticeships in the electric industry, including but not limited to, the solar industry in Illinois. The selected grantee will have the capability to administer a statewide program that may include the coordination of project activities with regional and statewide partners. The goal of this NOFO is to identify a grantee to coordinate statewide job training activities in accredited or otherwise recognized apprenticeship programs that will:
- Develop and support career pathways in the electric and/or solar industry, including but not limited to, those enabled by FEJA and CEJA
- Provide training on the requisite knowledge, skills, experience, and competences to design, install, inspect and/or service electric and/or solar equipment and/or systems.
- Provide apprenticeship participants with the foundational knowledge necessary for a career within the electric industry, including but not limited to the solar industry and provide diverse low-income, or economically disadvantaged populations with additional craft apprenticeship opportunities.
- Develop, coordinate and implement training activities that result in Registered Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, and Youth Apprenticeships in the electric industry as defined in the Illinois Career Pathway Dictionary.