Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap
On February 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $100 million to 28 public-private apprenticeship partnerships to support the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships in industry sectors and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships, such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology. These also include in-demand cybersecurity professions and emerging occupations involving artificial intelligence.
Using H-1B training funds, grant awards range from $500,000 to $6 million to each organization partnering with businesses ready to train apprentices. The grantees include institutions of higher education, state systems of higher education, nonprofit trade organizations, industry or employer associations, labor unions, and labor-management organizations. The grant program will support the training of more than 92,000 individuals in new or expanded apprenticeship programs, and increase access to apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans, particularly veterans, military spouses, service members reentering the civilian workforce, and groups underrepresented in current apprenticeship programs. The projects will expand apprenticeships on any scale – ranging from local/regional, to state and/or national – and encompass Opportunity Zones across the country