Career Pathway Training Partnerships for High Efficiency HVAC and Heat Pumps (PON 4463)

Due Date:  12/17/2020  (Round 1); 05/25/2021  (Round 2); 10/06/2021  (Round 3)

Description

PON 4463 Career Pathway Training Partnerships for High Efficiency HVAC and Heat Pumps 
 
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals for hands-on, entry level, technical training programs to help develop a talent pipeline of new workers (e.g., technicians, installers, technical sales) to work in high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) careers specializing in heat pump technologies, specifically ground source and air source cold climate heat pump applications. While HVAC/heat pump training must be the primary focus, complimentary clean energy training can be included in proposals to support multiple career options for the trainees. Proposals will enable New York State to meet the objectives of the Clean Energy Fund and advance the climate equity and just transition goals of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund training providers including but not limited to high schools, unions, trade associations, community based and non-profit organizations and community colleges, who engage high school students, out-of-school youth, and unemployed or underemployed adults in high efficiency HVAC coursework leading directly to jobs or to more advanced technical training, certification, or degrees. Job interviews, job placement preparedness, and other job placement activities will be required elements of each project. It is anticipated that successful proposers will already have HVAC or related training programs and proposals will be focused on expanding into heat pump technologies and recruiting individuals from Disadvantaged Communities and/or Priority Populations. Proposers are required to have at least 50% of their program trainees be from Disadvantaged Communities and/or Priority Populations.

Total funding currently available for this solicitation is $4.8 million. Additional funds may be provided if available. Proposals seeking the maximum award amount of $550,000 are required to train a minimum of 50 to 60 individuals. The goal of this PON is that approximately 80% of those enrolled in training be successfully placed in a job, internship, or apprenticeship within 6 months of training completion. Preference will be given to proposals with lower training costs per trainee, a greater number of total individuals to be trained/placed in internships or jobs, and proposals that include leveraging existing training infrastructure and assets such as curriculum, equipment, instructors, etc. A minimum cost share of 10% is required and preference will be given to proposals with higher cost share percentages. Development and implementation of training is expected to be completed within 18 to 30 months, with an additional 12-month period for tracking and monitoring program graduates. Funds may be used for activities including but not limited to curriculum development, training trainers, training labs and equipment, test and certification fees, scholarships, marketing and outreach, and job placement support activities. Funding for internships and on-the-job training placements is not allowed under this solicitation. Funding and incentives for internships and on-the-job training are available to eligible businesses through NYSERDA’s PON 4000 and PON 3982 respectively. Successful proposals will be required to leverage these additional funds for internships and on-the job training placements to help trainees get hands-on experience and hired.


 

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