VIHFA Issues $2.5M Grant to Skills for Today Program

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) has released $2.5 million in payment to ICF Incorporated LLC, the company contracted to administer the V.I. Department of Labor’s (VIDOL) ‘Skills for Today Program.’ The payment represents the first of a series of milestones the program will meet in its objective to offer entry-level training in high-growth occupations for low- and moderate-income residents of the territory.

Over the course of two years, VIDOL, through its contractor, will engage in workforce development to train over 600 individuals through work-based learning, on-the-job training and industry-recognized apprenticeships in construction, administrative services and local labor industries to include hospitality, marine, healthcare and information technology.

According to the Department of Labor, ICF Inc. has received a total of 193 interest forms for the program which were converted into 124 completed applications.

The Skills for Today Program is administered under the VIHFA Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery’s Economic Revitalization Program, which meets the urgent national objective in workforce development.

For more information about the Skills for Today program, contact the V.I. Department of Labor at 773-1994.