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New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity (NJBUILD) Program

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


    The New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity (NJBUILD) is one of several state programs for training women and minorities in the construction trades or other occupations, including engineering and management occupations, administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).

    This program is being made available to achieve two primary goals:
    • Increase opportunities for women and minorities to acquire skills, increase employment opportunities, and benefit economically from highway construction projects within the state of New Jersey; and
    • Assist contractors and trade unions in meeting their mandated workforce needs through the recruiting and training of women and minorities.
    The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), has established the following three objectives to achieve the goals:
    • Engage trade unions and private contractors in the development and provision of highway construction-related pre-apprenticeship training;
    • Provide training in the following areas:
      • Basic skills instruction;
      • Workforce readiness (employability skills) instruction;
      • Occupation-specific construction-related trades training; and
      • An introduction to highway construction career pathways including supervisory, managerial, and entrepreneurship opportunities;
    • Assist trainees with job placement services into a registered apprenticeships or employment in construction-related jobs with a minimum hourly wage of $12.74.

    History of Funding

    Previous grants awarded can be found at

    Additional Information

    There are 15 affiliated construction trades occupations in the construction industry. The following 15 occupations have the greatest opportunity for employment based upon projected growth and replacement data. Proposals must focus on construction training for women and minorities which will lead to apprenticeship and/or employment in the following occupations:
    • Boilermakers
    • Bricklayers
    • Carpenters
    • Electricians
    • Elevator Constructors
    • Finishing Trades (Painters, Glaziers, and Drywall Finishers)
    • Insulators
    • Iron Workers
    • Laborers
    • Operating Engineers
    • Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons
    • Pipe Trades (Plumbers and Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] Service Technicians)
    • Roofers
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Teamsters/Heavy Truck Drivers
    In accordance with program requirements, applicants must meet the following program participant eligibility requirements:
    • Be a female or a minority residing in New Jersey (including veterans and exoffenders);
    • Be at least 20 years of age at the time of enrollment;
    • Possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma*;
    • Possess a valid drivers license;
    • Score a minimum 7th grade level on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE);
    • Demonstrate a legitimate interest in pursuing a career in the building and construction trades; and,
    • Be drug-free throughout the training and placement.
    *A maximum of 10% of participants can enroll without a diploma or HSE, but must obtain the HSE before the end of the training cycle.


    Patricia Jordan

    Patricia Jordan
    Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity
    540 John Fitch Way John Fitch Plaza
    Trenton', NJ 08625
    (609) 984-3534

  • Eligibility Details

    Placement and training is limited to the state of New Jersey. All training providers must be on the States Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). The following organizations are eligible to apply as the lead agency:
    • County or municipal governments;
    • Public training providers or trade schools;
    • Community-based organizations;
    • Labor organizations;
    • Employers and/or contractors;
    • Public vocational schools;
    • Institutions of higher education;
    • Public or private, non-profit agencies; and
    • Trade organizations which represent a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by May17, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $400,000 is available in total funding. two awards will be granted. Maximum award is $200,000. The grant is expected to be for an 18- month period and is estimated to begin June 1, 2017 and end November 30, 2018. There is no cost share/match requirement.


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