What is Tech Force RI? | Who Has the Grant Been Awarded To? | Who Will the Grant Serve? | When Will the Grant Start? | What Services Will be Provided? | How Can I Participate? (Unemployed, Under-Employed, and Employers) | About Grant Awardees | Contact
What is Tech Force RI?
In October 2014, Rhode Island received $7.5 million in U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Ready to Work Partnership funding to address the state's information technology (IT) industry employment and workforce needs. Rhode Island has named its grant programs and services Tech Force Rhode Island. Training programs and services will serve Rhode Island’s long-term unemployed and under-employed as well as provide Rhode Island IT employers with the qualified IT talent they require. Ready to Work Partnership grants are funded by fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the U.S. under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.
The Grant has been awarded to provide four years of funding from November 2015 through October 2018. The period includes a six-month planning and implementation period and 3.5 years of service. The service period will run from May 1, 2015 through October 2018. During the grant period, 476 individuals are expected to be serviced.
Learn More: Tech Collective Part of $7.5M Federal Workforce Grant
Who Has the Ready to Work Grant Been Awarded To?
The Ready to Work grant has been awarded to Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, which will work with Tech Collective to deliver Tech Force RI programs and services to develop Rhode Island's IT workforce pipeline.
Learn More: Ready to Work Grant Awardees
Who Will the Grant Serve?
Tech Force RI will serve Rhode Island unemployed and under-employed individuals as well as IT employers. Grant programs and services will focus on the IT industry, providing technical and business skills training to unemployed and under-employed Rhode Islanders and assisting in filling open technical positions within Rhode Island and the surrounding area.
To be eligible as a participant you must meet the following criteria;
AGE: 18 years or older
RESIDENCY: RI residents and out of state residents that previously worked for a RI employer and collected unemployment insurance through the state of RI
WORK STATUS: US citizen or eligible to work in the US
A. Unemployed who lost job since 12/1/2007 and have exhausted or nearly exhausted unemployment benefits (if eligible)
B. Underemployed who lost a job since 12/1/2007 that have not connected with a full-time employment commensurate with former wage, skill or education for 27 consecutive weeks or longer
Other Unemployed Worker
C. Individual without a job for fewer than 27 consecutive weeks who is not underemployed
*Employment status eligibility subject to change based on US Department of Labor’s Ready to Work definitions of Long-term Unemployed and Other Unemployed workers.
- High school/GED OR
- May have a post-secondary degree OR
- Post-secondary education or work experience that would enable them to obtain a technical job after completion of training
The Grant will provide individuals with assessments, career coaching, technical training, business/soft skills training (such as project management, customer service, and communications), and employment services to enter or re-enter the Rhode Island IT workforce.
All employers will have the opportunity to hire Grant participants to fill their outstanding or upcoming technical needs. Employers are encouraged to become involved in Grant programs and services, including contributing to training program curricula, interviewing and selecting program participants, and hosting experiential learning opportunities. On-the-Job Training (OJT) funding is additionally available to employers through the Ready to Work grant.
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When Will the Grant Start?
Tech Collective is currently accepting Tech Force RI applications. To apply, please click the link below.
Tech Force Rhode Island - Apply HERE!
What Grant Programs and Services Will Be Provided?
There will be three specific training strategies offered by the Grant. The goal of each is to enable participants to develop a career plan and take actionable steps towards obtaining IT employment.
All three strategies will include intensive coaching and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement into middle and high-skill jobs. A Career Coach will work with participants to identify how they can improve upon their job search tools, resume and job-readiness credentials, and interactions with employers. The Career Coach will also work with participants in developing the technical and soft skills that all employers value.
1. Intensive coaching, short-term services and job placement assistance
2. Short or long-term skills training
3. Tech Collective’s IT on Demand soft skills and technical training program
Strategy 1: Intensive coaching and other short-term services leading to direct job placement
This approach is designed for long-term or other unemployed participants assessed to need minimal intervention of education and technical training and focuses on one-on-one sessions as well as participation in career pathways/coaching and job-readiness workshops. This strategy will include intensive coaching and other short-term, specialized services culminating in job placement assistance into middle and high-skill jobs.
Strategy 2: Short or long-term skills training
This strategy will be utilized when a long-term or other unemployed participant has been assessed to need career coaching, job-readiness training, and long- or short-term training for either technical or soft/business skills. This training may be short-term to refresh or upgrade a participants skills or longer-term along a career pathway that leads to an industry-recognized credential and employment in middle and high-skill jobs. This strategy includes training in a classroom setting with our education/training providers or with employer partners who will provide On-The-Job Training (OJT).
Strategy 3: Tech Collective’s IT on Demand soft skills and technical training program
This strategy is appropriate for participants who require a more intense intervention for entering a mid-level IT career and includes a combination of soft skills and technical training. This program is designed and delivered with industry involvement and provides unemployed IT practitioners with technical, business, and experiential training. It is a 16-week contextualized education and training program with wrap-around support services leading to mid-level and high skill jobs in the IT industry. Delivered by Tech Collective and its training partners, the program includes eight weeks of paid experiential learning at a local IT employer.
How Can I or My Company Benefit from the Ready to Work Grant? (Unemployed, Under-Employed and Employers)
Unemployed and Under-Employed Individuals
We are currently accepting applications and enrollment is rolling. To participate in Tech Force RI programs and services, please apply via the link - Apply HERE!
There are many ways for Employers to benefit from Tech Force RI programs. In addition to hiring trained individuals, employers may participate in training curricula development, industry tours and presentations, interviewing and work-readiness workshops, and hosting experiential learning opportunities. To learn more and inquire about participating, please contact Chris Selwyn at
On the Job Training Info
On the Job Training Application
About the Ready to Work Partnership Grant Awardees:
Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston
Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston is the administrative entity for the Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board. Their mission is to continuously improve the Providence/Cranston workforce investment area's capacity to connect people, employers, jobs, education, and service. Their vision is to create a rich, vibrant, competitive economy in the Providence/Cranston workforce investment area where people find good jobs, employers find the skilled workers they need, and where all parties find the Providence/Cranston area a place they want to live, work, and invest. Learn more: https://www.providenceri.com/wspc.
Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island
The mission of the Workforce Partnership of Greater RI (WPGRI) is to provide strategic leadership to meet the current and future human resource needs of Rhode Island's employers and to ensure a well-trained, self-sufficient and adaptable workforce. The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, Inc. is an employment and training resource providing responsive, market-based solutions for employers and potential workers. WPGRI will collaborate with business, labor, education leaders and community-based organizations to establish a dynamic, outcome-driven, visible resource providing measurable and comprehensive market-driven based employment and training services. These services will include the provision of information, technical assistance and life-long training opportunities to customers. Employers will have access to a well-trained and dependable workforce. Learn more: http://www.griworkforce.com/.
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through forums and initiatives including the Tech10 Awards, the Rhode Island Bioscience Awards, IT Managers Roundtable, Bio-Ed, and Women in Technology. STEM-based education and training programs such as GRRL Tech, the Fellowship program, and IT On Demand span across the workforce pipeline for K-16 students through incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).
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