WORKFORCE CENTRAL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND QUOTATIONS FOR INDUSTRY SKILLS COHORT TRAININGS.
WorkForce Central is seeking qualified organizations or entities to provide employer-driven, rapid reskill-upskill training delivered to cohorts of participants. This training will prepare individuals to enter living-wage employment in the industry, occupation, and skill development pathways identified as local employer priorities in the RFQQ.
Cohort training resulting from this RFQQ will occur between January 2022 – December 2025. WorkForce Central’s goal is to build a pool of cohort training providers, enabling timely response to employers’ reskill-upskill training needs as they arise over the next three years. We anticipate funding multiple providers and training cohorts during this time period, and the total funding that may be awarded is not yet established. There is no set limit to the amount that may be requested per training; proposed budgets will be assessed based on reasonable cost comparisons, with awareness that costs will vary between training programs.
Because training contracts will be funded by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title 1 funds, all training participants must be eligible for WIOA Title 1 services. Ideal respondents will demonstrate previous success with and a plan for training WIOA-eligible individuals, those who belong to communities of color, individuals impacted by poverty, veterans and military spouses, individuals with disabilities, and additional populations facing systemic barriers to employment.
- RFQQ Release: August 12, 2021
- Due Date for Questions: September 27, 2021, 5:00 pm PDT
- Proposal Package Due: September 29, 2021, 5:00 pm PDT
- Notifications to Respondents: On or near November 8, 2021
Questions & Answers
Please email your questions regarding this RFQQ to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the RFQQ number in the subject line. Questions and answers will be posted to this webpage as they become available. The deadline for questions is September 27, 2021, 5:00 pm PDT.
WorkForce Central does not need to approve your Applicant Information and Pre-award Assessment form prior to receiving your proposal. Please include the form as part of your PDF application package.
If an organization is interested in applying to provide industry skills training in 2 separate industries, would you recommend that that organization submit two separate applications, or one combined? Would you recommend that 2 employer and 1 participant reference forms be included for each industry?
Please submit a separate proposal for each training program your organization proposes providing. This will enable the Evaluation Committee to assess each training program based on its individual merits. Each proposal must include reference forms from two employers and one training participant. If an organization submits multiple proposals, the reference forms included with the proposals can be completed by the same individuals if the content is relevant for each proposal.
Our program is focused on a 6 month training (beginner through advanced) for students with no experience, but it's possible for folks with some prior experience to test in to get through it in less than 4 months. Also, students can find employment after completing both beginner and intermediate level courses (less than 4 months) if they choose, but it's not been our main focus. Would our programs qualify?
We encourage you to submit a proposal for your training program. Please describe the full 6-month training program in your proposal and clearly explain what elements can be completed within the required 4-month timeframe and lead to skill attainment and employment. Proposing a series of short courses is also allowable.