Building on historic bipartisan support from Congress and leadership across a broad range of states and industry partners, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded nearly $90 million in funding appropriated for the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative to further the goal to double and diversify Registered Apprenticeships by 2019 (FACTSHEET ). The $90 million consists of strategic investments to accelerate and expand state apprenticeship strategies and grow the use of apprenticeships in new industries while ensuring that these profound educational and economic opportunities are within reach for more Americans. These new investments are the result of a bipartisan agreement to provide the first-ever programmatic funding for Registered Apprenticeship through the Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill. Find out more information about these investments below.
State Expansion Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $50.5 million in grants to help states develop and implement comprehensive strategies to support apprenticeship expansion. The grants are also intended to engage industry and workforce intermediaries, employers, and other partners to expand and market apprenticeship to new sectors and underserved populations; enhance state capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; and expand and diversify participation in apprenticeship through state innovations, incentives, and system reforms. Grants were awarded to 37 successful applicants with grant awards ranging from $700,000 to $2,700,000.
National Industry Partners
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of 10 ApprenticeshipUSA Industry Intermediary Contracts to national organizations to start or scale apprenticeship programs that meet the occupational and skill needs of their industries. The department awarded both single and multi-industry contracts to national organizations – such as industry associations, joint labor management organizations, workforce groups, educational institutions, and consortia of organizations – that will provide financial and technical assistance to employers pursuing apprenticeship training. The single-industry contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in the healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, energy, manufacturing, and information and communications technology sectors. The department also awarded 2 multi-industry contracts to organizations to help employers from different sectors grow their apprenticeship programs and work together to create a pipeline of skilled workers.
National Equity Partners
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded four contracts to workforce intermediaries, including community-based organizations; labor organizations; and workforce organizations to develop regional “opportunity partnerships” across the nation. The agency expects these partnerships to increase gender, racial, ethnic and other demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships, among traditionally underrepresented populations. These contracts focus specifically on increasing apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, opportunity youth, people with disabilities, among other underserved populations.
State Accelerator Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $10.4 million in grants to 51 states and territories, plus the District of Columbia. The recipients received $200,000 to help integrate apprenticeship into their education and workforce systems; engage industry and other partners to expand apprenticeship to new sectors and new populations at scale; conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; promote greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeship; and develop statewide and regional strategies aimed at building state capacity to support new apprenticeship programs.
American Apprenticeship Initiative Grants — FOA-ETA-15-02
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration provided $175 million in grant funds for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million was expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards ranged from $2.5 – 5 million.