Public Sector Digital Jobs Innovation Project

Introduction

With funding from Google.org, JFF is developing a comprehensive digital jobs strategy to support on-ramps to high-quality technology careers for individuals currently underrepresented in the sector, especially women, people from Indigenous backgrounds, Black workers, Latinx workers, and those from other racialized backgrounds. JFF’s current work is focused on three main areas:

  • Identifying opportunities and gaps related to the digital jobs ecosystem and synthesize recommendations to the field on how to support on-ramps to these roles via programmatic technical assistance and research.
  • Supporting both design and systems change for three initial sites that have been selected for 6-month planning grants to support regional digital jobs strategies.
  • Distributing 15,000 Google Career Certificates to nonprofits and workforce agencies to support the scaling of these specific credentials and developing pathways for individuals to enter the technology sector without a four-year degree.

About the Public Sector Digital Jobs Innovation Project

This effort will build on both current and prior JFF work focused on digital jobs that was supported by Grow with Google, Verizon, Salesforce, and others.

As part of a multi-faceted effort to advance this strategy, JFF is pleased to announce three unique opportunities available to public sector organizations beginning May 2022.

These opportunities will allow organizations who are interested in launching or have launched work focused on creating equitable pathways into high quality tech careers, a chance to either develop a comprehensive digital jobs strategy for their region or implement training solutions to upskill and/or reskill local residents.

Opportunities Available

1. Public Sector Planning Grant (for public sector entities)

With funding from Google.org, JFF is soliciting proposals for public sector entities across the U.S. to receive planning grants to support the expansion of inclusive pathways into public sector digital jobs, including integrating industry recognized digital job credentials into hiring requirements in lieu of degree requirements. Through this project, three selected agencies/organizations will identify opportunities to leverage short -term and industry -recognized credentials (including but not limited to the Google Career Certificates) to help support onramps to high -quality digital jobs in the public sector. This funding opportunity is available to federal, state, and/or local government agencies. Quasi-governmental organizations or applications from public-private partnerships may also be considered; please contact the JFF team (bmoniz@jff.org) to confirm eligibility before submitting your proposal in these instances. This is a six-month planning grant in the amount of $50,000 administered by JFF. Through this initiative, public sector entities will test a new approach to building more robust and inclusive onramps to digital jobs within the public sector and support alignment with local stakeholders, such as nonprofit partners and training providers. This initiative will invest in three regions designing and planning a digital jobs strategy that connects jobseekers with low incomes to high-demand careers within the public sector, with an emphasis on underrepresented populations. JFF will provide design support, subject matter expertise, and peer learning opportunities to organizations selected for participation. Findings and completed work products from these planning grants will highlight the gaps, opportunities, and needs of the tech sector. JFF will collate these findings to help inform several short publications that highlight learnings from this initiative.

2. Workforce Development Board Digital Skills Pilot Initiative (exclusively for workforce development boards)

JFF, with funding and support from New Profit, Google, and IBM, seeks submissions from workforce development boards looking to expand access to IT training and employment within their communities. Successful applicants will receive capacity funding to design and launch a pilot initiative to implement either the Google Career Certificates or the IBM SkillsBuild learning platform for a period of approximately 15 months. Boards may also opt to pilot both technologies simultaneously. Boards will work closely with JFF to design their pilot taking into consideration recruitment strategies, community and employer partners, supportive services, KPIs, and data collection methods. All workforce development boards are eligible to apply, but applicants must demonstrate the need for IT skills and job demand within their region and a strategy for supporting job placement or continuing education upon completion of training. Applicants must also demonstrate a plan for recruiting individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, or recently displaced and provide a strategy for partnering with community organizations to recruit individuals that are currently under-represented in the IT industry such as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, returning citizens, or female job seekers. Please see the RFP for more details about this opportunity.

3. Google Career Certificates License Distribution

With funding from Google.org, JFF is seeking interest from workforce and public sector organizations that would like to begin offering the suite of Google Career Certificates to job seekers within their communities. Google.org has made 15,000 licenses available to their learning platform for use by public sector organizations across the country. Any public sector organization is eligible to request licenses. Licenses should be prioritized for individuals that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech industry such as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, and female job seekers. Upon receiving these licenses, organizations will have access to JFF’s Google IT resource hub and learning community which includes tools such as a quick start guide for new provider organizations, a facilitation guide for launching the program, a variety of tools from Coursera to support implementation, and many other resources. Click here to receive more information on how you can request licenses and get started with implementation.

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Interest Form

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Schedule

Public Sector Planning Grant

  • May 26, 2022 @ 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET – Public Sector Digital Jobs Info Session
  • May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. PT – Deadline to Express Interest in Public Sector Planning Grant RFP
  • June 3, 2022 – Frequently Asked Questions shared with Interested Applicants
  • June 10, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. PT – Deadline to Respond to Public Sector Planning Grant RFP
  • July 2022 – Grantees Identified and Awarded

Workforce Development Board Digital Skills Pilot Initiative

  • May 26, 2022 @ 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET – Public Sector Digital Jobs Info Session
  • May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. PT – Deadline to Express Interest in Workforce Development Board Digital Skills Pilot Initiative RFP
  • June 1, 2022 @ 11:00 a.m. ET – Information Session Hosted by IBM to learn about SkillsBuild (check back soon for dial-in information)
  • June 2, 2022 @ 11:00 a.m. ET - Information Session Hosted by Google.org to learn about Google Career Certificates (check back soon for dial-in information)
  • June 15, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. PT – Deadline to Respond to Implementation Pilot RFP
  • July 2022 – Grantees Identified and Awarded

Google Career Certificates License Distribution

  • May 26, 2022 @ 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET – Public Sector Digital Jobs Info Session

Upcoming Webinar

You’re invited to learn more about JFF’s latest initiative with Google.org to expand pathways into public-sector digital jobs! Tune in to learn more about two funding opportunities that your organization may be eligible for and discover how public sector organizations can support learners in accessing free Google Career Certificates licenses on the Coursera platform. Federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as workforce development boards are encouraged to join.

What: Public Sector Digital Jobs Info Session

When: Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Where: WebEx webinar

Register to attend:

https://jff.webex.com/jff/j.php?RGID=rcec18cc1b8038d3d59d96e44915756f4

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