Hawaii has been awarded a $16.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish an industry-led regional workforce training system. The “Resilient Hawaii: Good Jobs Challenge” initiative is a three-year project that will create economic resilience and prosperity for Hawaii by investing in four industry sectors: Information Technology, Healthcare, Clean Energy and Creative Industries.
The initiative will expand industry-driven Sector Partnerships, train thousands of workers statewide in the sectors identified as priorities for the state, and provide jobseekers with wraparound support services. The initiative will have a focus on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to help provide equitable participation.
In addition to continuing to lead the IT Sector Partnership, the Chamber will collaborate with Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) on the Healthcare Sector Partnership and use its years of Sector Partnership experience to lead a Community of Practice among sector conveners, fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and providing technical assistance.
The University of Hawaii Community Colleges submitted the grant application in collaboration with the Chamber, HAH, DBEDT and Hawaii State Energy Office. The application was among 32 grant recipients selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants.
Read more about the Good Jobs Challenge grant here.