ApprenticeshipUSA Investments

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 (WH Fact Sheet).  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 (NEW - Announced October 21, 2016)

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.

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Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant — SGA-DFA-PY-13-08

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Women's Bureau (WB) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) awarded approximately $1.8 million in grant funds by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-530, 29 U.S.C. 2501 et seq. The Department was to disburse WANTO grant funds to up to four (4) community-based organization (CBO) grantees within the range of $400,000 to $650,000 for a 2-year grant period to develop and operate innovative TA projects to improve outreach, recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women, women of color and women with disabilities in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014

Closing Date: May 2, 2014

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Hands-on apprenticeships, where workers earn and learn at the same time, are a proven path to good, secure middle class jobs. The American Apprenticeship Initiative is designed to accelerate the development of apprenticeship programs across the country by achieving the following goals:

Launching apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields. Many fast-growing occupations and industries with open positions, such as in information technology, high-tech services, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing need the high-quality, on-the-job training provided in an apprenticeship to meet their workforce needs. Today's 46 grantees are launching apprenticeships in industries as diverse as healthcare, IT, and advanced and training workers with cutting-edge skills like data analysis, mechatronics, and behavioral health assessment. For example —

  • Northern Nevada College Apprenticeship Consortium ($2.9M, Nevada) — Preparing workers to keep up with a boom in advanced manufacturing Colorado, this new apprenticeship program is partnering with sophisticated manufacturers such as Tesla Motors, Panasonic, International Game Technology (IGT), Hamilton Co., and more to train 400 workers for careers in advanced manufacturing.
  • Silicon Valley High Tech Apprenticeship Initiative ($2.9, Santa Clara, CA) — Led by Mission College, this IT apprenticeship will train over 300 apprentices to become data center technicians and computer user support specialists, in partnership with Cisco Systems, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks, Synopsis Inc., Graniterock, VM Ware, Plantronics, and IBM. The program will actively recruit candidates through workforce investment partners including the Santa Cruz Workforce Investment Board and Work2Future to especially identify and support displaced workers, veterans and other underrepresented populations.

Aligning apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement. Apprenticeships that embed industry-recognized skills certifications or reward workplace learning with college credit provide an affordable educational pathway for those who need to earn while they learn, and apprenticeships linked to pre-apprenticeship programs can help more Americans access this training and get on an early pathway to a good career. American Apprenticeship grantees are pioneering novel means to link apprenticeship to college, career, and further learning, such as —

  • AHIMA Managing the Talent Pipeline in Health Information ($4.9M, national program) — Working with healthcare employers ranging from Pfizer to the Seattle Children's Hospital, the AHIMA Foundation is using a competency-based, on-the-job apprenticeship training program in healthcare informatics to help recent college graduates and career switchers break into well-paying healthcare data management careers. As a unique feature, the medical coding apprenticeship will feature a training track for high functioning people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium ($3.9M, Illinois) — Working with local manufacturers, the consortium will create over 600 new apprenticeship positions linked to Illinois Pathways, the state's career pathway initiative, to create a seamless transition for students and workers into apprenticeship and employment and further on into community college and higher education.

Scaling apprenticeship models that work and providing a more diverse swath of America with access to apprenticeship. Across the country, there are pockets of excellence in apprenticeship, but all too often these successful models are unknown in other regions or to other employers. The American Apprenticeship grants are building strength by investing in innovations and strategies to scale apprenticeships — including to market the value of apprenticeships, make them more attractive to women and other Americans who have been underrepresented, increase the return on investment for workers and build national and regional partnerships to expand apprenticeships. Collectively, the American Apprenticeship grantees have committed to expanding apprenticeship by training more than 34,000 new apprentices by the end of five years.

  • Focus: HOPE American Apprenticeship Program ($3M, Detroit, MI) — Focus: HOPE has been a leading non-profit community training provider in Detroit for over twenty years. Its well-established industrial design technician, engineering technician, and quality engineer apprenticeships have a proven track record in preparing the residents of Detroit for jobs in advanced manufacturing. With the new grant, Focus: HOPE will expand these proven programs while adding new disciplines — such as network technology administrator, computer numerical control machinist, and prototype technician — to keep up with new high-tech manufacturing jobs.
  • Get in I.T. Apprenticeship ($5M, Washington State) — Partnering with Microsoft, AT&T, Impinj, F5, and Accenture, this apprenticeship program will target recruiting women, people of color, and transitioning military members into more than 3,000 IT apprenticeships. In addition to a revolutionary training curriculum that speeds the time to acquire IT skills, Get in I.T. will launch a statewide marketing campaign to recruit a more diverse population of apprentices.
  • OpenTech Los Angeles Regional Apprenticeship Collaborative ($2.9M, Los Angeles, CA) — In partnership with employers such as DIRECTV, Toyota, Farmers Insurance, and AltaMed, this apprenticeship program is setting a goal to train 1,000 at-risk youth for careers in high-growth technology and biotechnology jobs. The innovation at the heart of its new model is the Talent Incubator, a for-profit social enterprise that creates embedded training models for individuals, like at-risk youth, who need a customized training program in order to succeed. With the involvement of such partners as the County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development, OpenTech LA seeks to fully embed apprenticeships within the regional workforce investment system.


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