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DOL Offers $100M for Apprenticeships

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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High-skilled, high-growth industries will get $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced.

With more than 150,000 employers from more than 1,000 occupations, Registered Apprenticeship programs using the "earn while you learn" model are among the best training models for skilled trades, yet remain underused in the U.S., according to the DOL.

The American Apprenticeship Initiative is intended to transform apprenticeships for the 21st century and serve as a catalyst to increase the use of apprenticeships.

American Apprenticeship Initiative
Photos: U.S. DOL

The Labor Department has earmarked $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs.

About 25 grants, ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million each, will be awarded using funds collected from employers who use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. Funding applications must be submitted by April 30, 2015.

The 'Other 4-Year Degree'

"An apprenticeship is the 'other 4-year degree,'" said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, who announced the grant program in Philadelphia.

"It is a tried and true job training strategy that offers a reliable path to the middle class, with no debt."

Grants will be awarded to public and private partnerships of employers, business associations, labor and labor-management organizations, community colleges, local and state governments, and other organizations.

Thomas Perez

"I encourage everyone to apply for this federal grant so that we can significantly scale apprenticeships opportunities for many more Americans in new industries and occupations," said Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, shown with a student at San Jacinto (TX) Community College.

Programs funded by this initiative will provide training to fill jobs that:

  • Are projected to hire a substantial number of new workers;
  • Are being transformed by technology and innovations that require 21st-century skills;
  • Are new and emerging industries and/or businesses that are projected to grow; and
  • Have a significant impact on the economy overall.

New Opportunities

Successful applicants will use the funds to develop registered apprenticeship programs that align with other post-secondary and education and help launch long-term careers.

According to the DOL, the grants will also encourage greater access to apprenticeships for "historically underrepresented populations."

"I encourage everyone to apply for this federal grant so that we can significantly scale apprenticeships opportunities for many more Americans in new industries and occupations," said Perez.


Tagged categories: Colleges and Universities; Department of Labor; Funding; Government; Grants; Jobs; North America; Program/Project Management; Worker training; Workers

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