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6/2/2016:  Today, the Department of Labor has awarded $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to 51 states, territories and the District of Columbia to support the expansion of quality and innovative Registered Apprenticeship programs.  Each Accelerator grant of $200,000 will allow states to develop a strategic plan and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification with state education, workforce and economic development systems.   States will also receive support to develop strategic plans for encouraging businesses to launch Registered Apprenticeship programs in high-demand industries including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, construction, and transportation.


The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million to 46 applicants through its American Apprenticeship grant competition on September 9, 2015.

The winning grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in industries as diverse as healthcare, IT, and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.

The $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants awarded by department represents the single largest investment to date to expand U.S. apprenticeships and make these proven training opportunities available to more workers and employers.

These grants are part of a broader commitment from the department to create more opportunities for hard-working Americans by advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now.

The 46 grantees have each committed to expanding apprenticeship programs in new and growing industries, to align apprenticeships with further education and career advancement, and to scale proven apprenticeship models that work.

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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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