The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded five grants totaling nearly $12 million to improve the delivery of training and employment services and measure their effectiveness. As part of the award, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development will receive more than $2.5 million.
Awardees of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants are from Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi and New Mexico.
The grants, which are administered by the Employment and Training Administration, will support the development and expansion of workforce databases and improve their ability to share performance data. The department says the databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services and obtain similar information in the service delivery process.
“Investment in evidence-based approaches to support workers is essential to connecting job seekers with the right skills for good-quality jobs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Suzi LeVine. “Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants help states increase the capacity of workforce development programs and improve the quality and range of workforce data to benefit workers, job seekers and employers.”
The recipients of the grants are listed below:
- Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Little Rock – $2,510,575
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis – $2,500,610
- Maryland Department of Labor, Baltimore – $1,799,422
- Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Jackson – $2,510,575
- New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Albuquerque – $2,278,818