$100M in grants available to expand apprenticeship programs

The U.S. Department of Labor is now accepting applications from public and private partnerships to receive one of approximately 25 grants to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. The grants will be worth $2.5 million to $5 million each with a total of $100 million awarded.

Eligible partnerships will consist of employers, business associations, joint labor-management organizations, labor organizations, community colleges, local and state governments, and other non-profit organizations.

According to the Dept. of Labor, registered apprenticeships are highly effective at training those entering skilled trades, but are an underutilized tool.

“An apprenticeship is the 'other 4-year degree'. It is a tried and true job training strategy that offers a reliable path to the middle class, with no debt," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. 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.”

According to a press release, successful applicants will use funds to develop programs that “align with other post-secondary education and create career pathways to long-term careers” and also “encourage greater access to apprenticeship opportunities for historically underrepresented populations including women, young men and women of color, people with disabilities, and veterans and transitioning service members”.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015. To learn more visit http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/.