“As young men and women prepare for productive careers in a changing economy, apprenticeships can provide valuable skills and job opportunities while avoiding large student loan debt,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “The grants announced today will play an important role in helping schools and other educational entities expand apprenticeship opportunities for young Americans.”
“The Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants continue the U.S. Department of Labor’s and the President’s commitment to expanding the apprenticeship model here in America,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “These grants will provide young people with new apprenticeship opportunities that can lead to successful and fulfilling careers.”
In June 2017, the President issued an Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America that focused on developing new apprenticeships in secondary and post-secondary institutions and increasing youth participation. This grant program supports the order to expand access to youth apprenticeships, to promote pre-apprenticeship programs, and to develop a strong youth apprenticeship pipeline.
These grants will allow educational entities—including traditional, alternative, and non-traditional schools; and programs that serve out-of-school youth, school boards, workforce boards, employers, workforce partners, and other apprenticeship intermediaries—to partner to develop and establish new apprenticeship models for youth or expand existing apprenticeship programs for youth.
Grant recipients will seek to expand opportunities to prepare 16 to 24 year old registered apprentices for careers in industries including manufacturing, information technology, cybersecurity, and healthcare.
The recipients of these Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants are as follows:
Alaska Works Partnership Inc.
Denver and Fort Collins-Loveland metro areas and Eagle County, Indianapolis metro area and Elkhart County/Northern Indiana; New York City metro area; Washington, D.C.metro area; and communities in Maryland and Virginia
Delaware Department of Education
Northwest Florida State College
Okaloosa and Walton counties
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties
Idaho Workforce Development Council
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Easter Seals TriState LLC
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana metro area and Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties
South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education
Alamo Community College District (Palo Alto College)
Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson counties; and Kerrville, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Seguin
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana and Maryland
Please visit https://www.apprenticeship.gov/ to learn more about the Department’s broader efforts to connect career seekers with apprenticeship opportunities and expand apprenticeship into new sectors and industries.
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.
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