NYS Offshore Wind Training Institute - Workforce Training & Skills Development (PON 4595)

Due Date:  03/16/2021  (Round 1)


In 2020, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of a $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI), administered by Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College located in Long Island, New York (herein referred to as the OWTI Hubs). Under this Program Opportunity Notice (PON), NYSERDA is seeking proposals for training initiatives focused on advancing skills and preparing workers for jobs related to the assessment and permitting, design, construction, assembly, deployment, and operation and maintenance (O&M) phases associated with offshore wind (OSW) projects. Workforce training initiatives that either expand existing programs or develop new training programs to support the growing OSW industry in New York will be considered. Selected training initiatives should aim to deliver on New York’s climate equity goals and either (1) support Disadvantaged Communities and/or Priority Populations, or (2) promote the development of the OSW supply chain in New York State.

Eligible training providers include technical high schools, community colleges, universities, unions, training and job placement intermediaries, community-based organizations and non-profit organizations as well as OSW Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, vendors, suppliers, developers, and trade associations with a demonstrated track record in technical training, job preparedness and/or placement of program graduates. Training providers must demonstrate expertise in OSW-related technical areas and possess a clear understanding of how the proposed training will meet the needs of the industry. The lead applicant must be a New York State-based entity.

Total funding available for this solicitation is $3 million. NYSERDA anticipates awarding approximately equal funding to each of the two focus areas; however, funding for each area will be determined by the demand in each category, and quality and potential impact of proposals. Additional funds may be provided if available. NYSERDA will accept proposals requesting between $50,000 and $300,000.

Proposals are required to include a minimum cost share of 30 percent provided by the applicant or subcontractors, and preference will be given to proposals with higher cost share percentages. The minimum cost share required for projects exclusively serving Disadvantaged Communities and/or Priority Populations is 10 percent. Preference will be given to projects that serve both. Development and implementation of OSW training programs and initiatives is expected to be completed within approximately 18 to 30 months.


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