Originally posted on the Department of Labor’s website

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $80,639,041 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve, and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity. 

The “Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation” grants support statewide RAP expansion through a two-tiered funding system that provides states with maximum flexibility to address local apprenticeship needs while enhancing the focus on employer engagement, performance, and positive outcomes for apprentices. Administered by the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Department awarded grants to 42 states and U.S. territories.

“Registered Apprenticeship Programs provide workers with the right skills needed in today’s labor market and can have a positive impact in fixing the skills gap that employers face,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “This will be a great opportunity for young people who want to combine on-the-job training with relevant classroom education, while getting paid at the same time.”

“We thought it necessary to reward states who have demonstrated excellent performance in one of the Department’s key policy objectives,” Pallasch added. “The Department believes positive outcomes for those we serve must carry more weight as we look to award funding.”

The Department awarded funds to states and U.S. territories that applied for Tier I funding to help support the programs’ goals. In addition to Tier I funding, 12 states received additional funds under Tier II, ranging from $3 million to $9 million, based on the number and quality of Tier II applications received, as well as strong evidence of past performance in expanding RAPs; other factors included geographic, industry and Tier II goal distribution. With these additional funds, the selected states will go above-and-beyond supporting the state’s basic Registered Apprenticeship structures in the state. These activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Expanding registered apprenticeships in healthcare, mental health care, addiction treatment, or alternative pain management occupations providing support to individuals living in rural areas;
  • Incorporating specific strategies to support or expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities among all workers, including women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with a criminal record;
  • Supporting system alignment and partnership through the establishment or expansion of the role of the business service representatives/apprenticeship navigators with the promotion of apprenticeship to partner systems; 
  • Developing innovative technical assistance strategies/approaches for Registered Apprenticeship sponsors; 
  • Establishing an employer incentive plan to expand or scale Registered Apprenticeships;
  • Identifying specific strategies to support engagement with small businesses in nontraditional industries in Registered Apprenticeships; and
  • Launching or expanding sector strategies to expand RAPs to new industries and/or new or non-traditional occupations in existing sectors.

The Department awarded grants to the following recipients:

States/TerritoriesTier 1 FundingTier 2 Funding
Alabama Department of Commerce$450,000
State of Arkansas$450,000
Arizona Department of Economic Security$450,000
California Department of Industrial Relations$450,000
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment$450,000
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services$450,000
State of Delaware$450,000
Florida Department of Education$450,000
Government of Guam, Department of Administration$300,000
Iowa Workforce Development$450,000$3,000,000
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity$450,000
Indiana Department of Workforce Development$450,000
Kansas Department of Commerce$449,600
Kentucky Office of Employment and Training$450,000
Louisiana Workforce Commission$450,000$3,000,000
Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development$450,000$3,000,000
Maryland Department of Labor$450,000$5,562,924
Maine Department of Labor$450,000
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity$449,973$8,997,886
State of Minnesota$450,000
Missouri Department of Higher Education$450,000
Mississippi Department of Employment Security$450,000$3,000,000
North Carolina Community College System$450,000
North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education$437,709
Northern Marianas College$300,000
Community College System of New Hampshire$450,000$3,000,000
Nevada Governor`s Office of Workforce Innovation$450,000
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development$450,000
New York State Department of Labor$450,000
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services$450,000$8,550,000
Oklahoma Department of Commerce$450,000
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission$450,000
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry$450,000
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training$450,000
South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education$450,000$6,541,000
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation$450,000
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development$449,949
Texas Workforce Commission$450,000$9,000,000
Virgin Islands Department of Labor$300,000
Vermont Department of Labor$450,000
Washington Department of Labor & Industries$450,000
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development$450,000$8,550,000

Learn more about how states can apply for funding. Visit www.apprenticeship.gov to learn more about the department’s broader efforts to connect career seekers with apprenticeship opportunities and to expand apprenticeship into new sectors and industries.

ETA administers federal job training and dislocated worker programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are provided primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency Employment and Training AdministrationDate June 30, 2020

Release Number 20-1265-NAT

Contact: Megan SweeneyPhone Number 202-693-4661

Email sweeney.megan.p@dol.gov

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