SBA launches a $1 million competition to help Makerspaces train the workforce of tomorrow.

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Region VI - South Central Region  - May 23, 2019

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Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

SBA Offers Up to $1 Million to Help Makerspaces Train Tomorrow's Workers

South Central Regional Administrator Justin Crossie

By Justin Crossie, Regional Administrator

The good news for today's small businesses just got a little better. 

A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business uncovered the single biggest problem facing many small businesses today: finding qualified job applicants.The U.S. Small Business Administration is stepping up to help. 

SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton launched the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition May 21st.  The MaTCH Competition seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses by providing funding to create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces.

In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available,” said Pilkerton. “The MaTCH Pilot Competition reaffirms the SBA commitment to supporting new forms of vocational education, developing apprenticeships, independent work, and cultivating access to entrepreneurship.

"This pilot competition will help empower a stronger connection between the maker’s community and job creation, and ultimately provide an added economy boost to communities across our nation.” 

The MaTCH Pilot Competition challenges individual organizations or teams to utilize existing makerspaces to create or expand programs that provide the job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces, including industry or trade certifications when feasible. The goal is to have all program graduates immediately placed in positions with previously identified employers that are in need of skilled labor. The SBA will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund selected winning proposals.

To enter, applicants must submit a business plan that, among other things, details their team’s qualifications, experience, and resources; the proposed training curriculum; the nature and length of the training/certification program; and the number of trainees that will be accommodated.

Submission Period: May 21, 2019 to July 8, 2019

Winners Announced: August 6, 2019

The MaTCH Pilot Competition entry form, rules and requirements available online at:  https://www.sba.gov/match.

There are many Makerspaces in our Region.  Spread the word and sign up today to be a part of this competition.  


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