Programs + Incentives

Real Jobs RI

Launched in 2015, Governor Raimondo’s Real Jobs Rhode Island (Real Jobs RI) initiative ensures that employers have the talented employees they need to compete and grow, while it provides targeted education and skills training for workers. By putting employers at the center of job training, everyone wins. It’s a win for employers who will have a pipeline of trained workers. And it’s a win for employees who will have a job once their training is complete.

Real Pathways RI

Real Pathways RI is a workforce development initiative designed to address employment challenges of individuals with barriers to employment. A network of service providers throughout the state provide a range of education and training solutions to effectively prepare and place individuals with sustainable employment opportunities.  A list of Real Pathways RI grant recipients can be viewed here. A program report for the Quarter ending December 31st, 2017 was released and is can be viewed here. Learn more about Real Pathways RI Community Partners.

Real Skills for Youth

Real Skills for Youth is centered around the goal of preparing youth for success in college and career through meaningful career exposure and exploration of potential career paths and their on-ramps, skill-building with an emphasis on essential and professional skills, and supported work-based learning experiences that allow participants to apply learning in a real-world setting.

Real Skills for Youth, a state-funded program, is part of Rhode Island’s larger effort – PrepareRI – a three-year action plan supported by a $2 million New Skills for Youth grant from JP Morgan Chase, to ensure all Rhode Island students are college and career ready. PrepareRI aims to close the gap between what students learn in school and what they need from high-demand jobs and to ensure that historically underserved student populations have expanded access to quality career preparation opportunities in priority sector industries – through scaling out activities such as career exploration and work-based learning opportunities.

In 2020-21, the Real Skills for Youth grants will support 19 strategic partnerships between industry and education to develop and implement year-round career readiness programming for youth, including paid summer work-based learning experiences.

EMPLOYER INCENTIVES

The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) has granted federal funds to 32 employers to subsidize summer jobs for youth ages 16-24. The COVID-19 Response Summer Jobs Program, funded by the GWB and implemented by employers selected through an online application, allows youth to contribute to the COVID-19 recovery, serve their community, build workplace skills, and earn money. Job opportunities are related to the state’s efforts to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and employers manage their own recruitment, selection, supervision, and payment of youth employees.

Interested youth looking for jobs can contact the employers listed here (NOTE: Available positions may have already been filled). General questions can be directed to pauline.abetti@dlt.ri.gov.

COVID-19 Temporary Worker Program

 

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) received a Disaster National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to fund approximately 43,000 hours of temporary labor for local businesses and employers providing essential services during this period of national emergency. Utilization of this program will come at little to no cost to employers.

 

DLT has partnered with Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) to assist in the implementation of this program. SkillsRI is a non-profit organization that specializes in recruiting talent for businesses and helping unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders find work. DLT will conduct an initial review of applications submitted through the form and will then work with SkillsRI to determine the feasibility of fulfilling each request. SkillsRI will assist in the identification of dislocated workers who are able to fill temporary positions and will serve as the employer of record (paying wages, taxes and relevant insurances) during the period of temporary employment.

Employers interested in utilizing this program to request temporary workers can apply here.

Click here to view the program flyer.

Note: Jobseekers interested in temporary work assignments should apply through Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

For general inquiries, please contact Olivia Byron, Coordinator of Labor and Training Operations via e-mail at olivia.byron@dlt.ri.gov.

Work Immersion Training Grants

Please be advised that the Work Immersion Program is no longer accepting NEW Applications effective July 1, 2020. For more information, please click Here.

Work Immersion Training Grants offer up to 50% wage reimbursements to any Rhode Island business that provides a temporary paid work experience to Rhode Island college students, Rhode Island Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students, and unemployed adults.

For students, the intent of the program is to gain valuable work experience. For unemployed adults, the intent is to obtain employment. Interested employers should follow the steps below to learn more about Work Immersion.

State Supplier Requirement: To receive reimbursement for expenses (wages) paid through the Work Immersion Program the State of Rhode Island requires that the employer be registered as a supplier with the State Division of Purchases. The Work Immersion program is unable to issue payments if an employer is not registered.  If you are not registered, you will need to apply online through the Ocean State Procures website.

Click here to learn about Ocean State Procures

To receive payments from the State, you will need to follow the instructions for the full registration. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive an email from the Division of Purchases Supplier Coordinator confirming a successful registration. This should be your first step prior to applying for Work Immersion.

Previous Recipients: If your organization has participated in the Incumbent Worker Training Grant program, Work Immersion program, Real Jobs RI platform, or has otherwise received payment from the State within the last five years, it is likely that your organization is already registered with the Division of Purchases.

Work Immersion – Program Links

The Work Immersion experience may not begin until the employer receives a signed Award Letter from the Governor’s Workforce Board.

Upon completion of the Work Immersion experience, an employer must submit the following:

  • Completed Request for Reimbursement form
  • Backup documentation for wages paid: paystubs; or timecards and processed checks.

Incumbent Worker Training Grants

Please be advised that the Incumbent Worker Training Program is no longer accepting NEW Applications effective July 1, 2020. For more information, please click Here.

The IWTG Program was created for the purpose of providing grant funding for continuing education, training, and upskilling of incumbent employees at existing Rhode Island employers. The program provides matching reimbursement grants of up to 50% to employers that pay for preapproved, direct, training-related costs. Grants are available up to $30,000.00 and are capped at a per-trainee amount of $5,000.

Encouraging Rhode Island employers to invest in their workforce enhances the overall competitiveness of the Rhode Island economy while delivering transferable skills to their employees which increases their earning potential and employability.

Are you a company associated with the Marine Trades or Manufacturing?

If you are a manufacturing company, or seek to train individuals related to the marine trades (boat building, captain, etc.) and composites industry, the GWB encourages you to contact one of the following Real Jobs RI approved incumbent-working training providers to access training grants, technical assistance and more:

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA)

Polaris MEP (for manufacturing)

SUMMARY

  • Up to $30,000 in matching grant funds over a 12 month period
  • No more than two (2) grants in a 12 month period.
  • No less than 50% employer match required
  • Per trainee cap of $5,000

To be eligible for funding, applicants must pay into the Job Development Fund, be current on all Rhode Island tax obligations, must be in good standing with the state Workforce Regulation and Safety division, and must not have been debarred (prohibited) from contracting with an agency that administers federal funds. To verify if your company pays into the Job Development fund and is current on all tax obligations, please contact the RI Division of Taxation at 401-574-8700.

When applying, businesses should have the following documents available:

  1. Training outline
  2. Other training-related documents such as quotes, invoices, estimates, and/or reservation confirmations

To view a SAMPLE Completed Application, click here

State Supplier Requirement: To receive reimbursement for expenses (wages) paid through the Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program the State of Rhode Island requires that the employer be registered as a supplier with the State Division of Purchases. The Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program is unable to issue payments if an employer is not registered.  If you are not registered, you will need to apply online through the Ocean State Procures website.

Click here to learn about Ocean State Procures

To receive payments from the State, you will need to follow the instructions for the full registration. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive an email from the Division of Purchases Supplier Coordinator confirming a successful registration. This should be your first step prior to applying for Incumbent Worker Training Grants.

Previous Recipients: If your organization has participated in the Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program, Work Immersion program, Real Jobs RI platform, or has otherwise received payment from the State within the last five years, it is likely that your organization is already registered with the Division of Purchases.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Employers that hire individuals that are members of specific target populations may be eligible to receive a tax credit of $2,400 per individual. In general, the target groups include qualified Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, some veterans, recipients of vocational rehabilitation services, food stamp recipients, qualified ex-felons and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

For more information, contact the Business Workforce Center at (401) 462-8724,  (401) 462-8721 or (401) 462-8977.

Non-Trade Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a tried and true training model that is increasingly being utilized as a structured education and work-skill training opportunity. The ability to ‘learn and earn’ through apprenticeship is mutually beneficial to employer and employee. Employers are able to develop a tiered pay structure that grows as the individual’s value to the company grows. Employees are able to learn on-the-job while supporting themselves/families and developing skills for an in-demand career. The Non-Trade Apprenticeship Expansion program provides development funds to organizations throughout the state to create new and innovative apprenticeship models outside of the traditional trades.

NONTRADE APPRENTICESHIP DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE: The Apprenticeship RI program is available to all employers and can help with designing and registering a new Apprenticeship program; maximizing state and federal financial benefits; connecting with other employer and higher education partners; and leveraging national Apprenticeship initiatives. All at no cost!

NONTRADE APPRENTICESHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANTS: Non-Trade Apprenticeship Development Grants fund the development and expansion of innovative apprenticeship models in occupations outside of the traditional trades. The Governor’s Workforce Board is seeking proposals to develop non-traditional Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs within Rhode Island’s largest and or growing industries. Applications are due December 2, 2019. A copy of the FAQ for the FY2020 RFP can be viewed here.

  • Click here to view FY2017 Awardees
  • Click here to view FY2018 Awardees

NONTRADE APPRENTICESHIP INCENTIVE: Are you an employer who is hosting a non-trade apprentice? Pursuant to RI General Law 42-102-13, the GWB offers an incentive of $1,000 per non-trade apprentice provided the apprentice is registered with the State Apprenticeship Office and has completed their required probationary period. Employers are eligible for up to $5,000 in monetary incentive within any 12 month period. The application can be viewed here.

 

New Hire Tax Credit

For more information, contact the Business Workforce Center at (401) 462-8724,  (401) 462-8721 or (401) 462-8977.

Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

Employers that hire an apprentice as a machine toolmaker, machinist, model-maker, gage maker, pattern-maker, plastic process technician, tool and machine setter, die-sinker, mold-maker, tool & die maker, and similar occupations may be eligible for a tax credit of 50 percent of actual wages or $4,800, whichever is less. The apprentice must be enrolled in a registered qualified program through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s State Apprenticeship Council.

Click here for more information.

RESOURCES

Business Workforce Center

The Department of Labor and Training’s Business Workforce Center helps businesses with their recruitment and retention strategies by:

  • Advertising recruitments and openings
  • Pre-screening candidate skills
  • Providing access to private interview rooms
  • Testing applicants online
  • Conducting Job Fairs in state offices or at the employers’ work site
  • Assisting with slow-downs and layoffs through Rapid Response Services and the WorkShare program.

The Business Workforce Center also serves as the central hub for training services offered through the state OneStop Career Centers, including:

  • On the Job Training (OJT): You Hire. You Train. We Pay. Through OJT, employers may be reimbursed up to 50% of the wages earned by eligible new trainees while they learn the job. Additional conditions apply.
  • Customized Training (CT): CT offsets up to 50% of the cost associated with training new workers. CT is best used when an employer wants to train more than one individual. Additional conditions apply.

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (Skills RI) works directly with employers and training providers to identify unmet workforce needs and recruit trained candidates to fulfill them. Skills RI specializes in connecting job seekers from unemployed and traditionally underserved or underrepresented populations to employment opportunities.

Learn more about Skills RI.

Commerce RI

Are you interested in tax credits and incentives to help create new jobs, bring new jobs to Rhode Island, grow/expand your business, or develop in state property? Our partners at Commerce RI can help with all that and much more!

Visit Commerce RI for more information. https://commerceri.com/.

Rhode Island Jobs Initiative

The Rhode Island Jobs Initiative is designed to have an immediate impact in helping place Rhode Islanders into employment, and help new and expanding Rhode Island companies meet their workforce needs by providing training, hiring incentives, and/or retention incentives to employers with large scale near-term hiring plans.

The program is jointly administered by the Governor’s Workforce Board and the RI Commerce Corporation. New or existing Rhode Island employers with a sizable hiring commitment that have been identified by the Commerce Corporation may receive funds to help pay for the costs of training of new hires, or receive hiring or retention incentives. The program can be customized to meet employers’ unique workforce needs.

For more information, contact the GWB or visit http://commerceri.com/