Apprenticeship Grant Opportunities: Closing the Skills Gap
4 Nov, 2019
- To accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors and occupations, such as cybersecurity and those involving artificial intelligence;
- To promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation to a range of employers, including small- and medium-sized employers; and
- To increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.
- National Industry and Equity Partners – In Fall 2017, DOL invested approximately $16 million in continuation funding for national industry and equity apprenticeship partners to establish the sector-based partnerships necessary to grow apprenticeship to a significant scale in the United States. Partners have created 94 new apprenticeship programs in 121 new high-demand occupations ranging from software developer to medical coder. This funding has also created job opportunities for 7,800 new apprentices, and spurred employer commitments to hire more than 8,600 additional apprentices in high-demand occupations over the next year.
- State Apprenticeship Expansion Grants – In Spring 2018, DOL made approximately $50 million in continuation funding available to the 37 state apprenticeship expansion grantees to enable states to continue their work to expand apprenticeship with the goal of sparking 10 percent growth over the next two years. These funds have helped thousands of workers and companies across the country, and have been successful at advancing apprenticeship as a talent solution within state education, economic development, and workforce systems.
- Technology Modernization to Scale Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship – In Summer 2018, DOL invested approximately $16.3 million to develop digital apprenticeship services which will be fueled by new technologies including artificial intelligence features, mobile apps, data sharing, and other applications to support significant scaling of apprenticeship. These digital resources will help apprentices and pre-apprentices identify programs of interest and provide off-the-shelf resources to employers, educators, and the public at large.
- Improved Marketing, Public Awareness, and Business Outreach – In Summer 2018, DOL invested approximately $6.8 million in new strategies to market apprenticeships and make more Americans aware of the opportunities available to them and the variety of jobs that provide family-sustaining wages.
- Strategic Apprenticeship Research and Business Engagement – In Summer 2018, DOL invested approximately $7.9 million to assess the level of apprenticeship activity occurring across the country, classifying the different types of apprenticeship occurring in various industries, assessing their impact on the workforce, and using this information to come up with innovative ideas to help agency decision makers advance apprenticeship expansion initiatives.
- Expanding the number of apprentices in Registered Apprenticeship Programs nationwide;
- Supporting and encouraging Registered Apprenticeship Program diversification, including increasing the diversity of apprentices and growing apprenticeship across industry sectors; and
- Advancing the integration of Registered Apprenticeship Programs into state workforce development, education, and economic development strategies and programs, ensuring that apprenticeship is a viable career path for youth, adults, career seekers as well as a valuable workforce development strategy for businesses.