On Tuesday, the Department announced investments in 28 public-private apprenticeship partnerships totaling nearly $100 million through the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. These grants will support the training of more than 92,000 individuals in new or expanded apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology—including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia made the announcement during a visit to North Carolina State University, one of the grantees.
During his trip to North Carolina, Secretary Scalia saw apprenticeships in action at EGGER Wood Products in Linwood. The apprentices he met with shared how they are gaining valuable skills that employers need. Secretary Scalia highlighted the Administration's actions to close the skills gap, cut red tape, and secure fair trade agreements that will create even more opportunities for American workers.
Workforce Growth in North Carolina
Secretary Scalia met with North Carolina business leaders, educators, and civic leaders this week. At a roundtable with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, he discussed apprenticeships, deregulation, closing the skills gap and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. He also highlighted the importance of hiring veterans and promoted the Department's HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a meeting with Duke Energy officials and local leaders.