The Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes apprenticeship as an important component in the effort to train America’s workers. Registered and unregistered programs and models provide workers with the skills needed to enter increasingly sophisticated industries and obtain higher-paying jobs. 

The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) evaluates a diverse set of apprenticeship programs and policies in order to build evidence on the models and implementation strategies that are most effective for the American workforce.

Learn more about recent apprenticeship grant opportunities and explore CEO's current studies and completed reports on apprenticeship.

Find more research in DOL’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR).

Labor Research Scholars and Grants

DOL and CEO fund grants and awards to support academic research that build evidence on labor issues important to the department. Read more about each research program and explore the final reports and datasets.

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.