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U.S. Department of Labor Announces over $42 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant Awards to Increase Youth Participation in Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) today announced the award of $42,296,247 in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants to 14 organizations to increase participation by youth, ages 16 to 24, in new or existing Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs).

“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:

Applicant

City

State

Area(s) Served

Amount

Alaska Works Partnership Inc.

Anchorage

AK

Alaska

$1,964,547

CareerWise Colorado

Denver

CO

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

 

$5,000,000

 

The WorkPlace

Bridgeport

CT

Connecticut

 

$1,997,046

Delaware Department of Education

Dover

DE

Delaware

$2,499,999

 

Northwest Florida State College

Niceville

FL

Okaloosa and Walton counties

 

$1,497,320

 

AMIkids Inc.

Tampa

FL

Hillsborough and Pinellas counties

$2,499,999

 

Idaho Workforce Development Council

Boise

ID

Idaho

 

$2,490,630

 

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Lansing

MI

Michigan

$4,881,369

 

Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education

Reno

NV

Nevada

$2,496,233

 

Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma City

OK

Oklahoma

$1,499,999

 

Easter Seals TriState LLC

Cincinnati

OH

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana metro area and Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties

$1,499,628

 

South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education

Columbia

SC

South Carolina

 

$4,499,999

 

Alamo Community College District (Palo Alto College)

San Antonio

TX

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson counties; and Kerrville, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Seguin

$4,470,000

 

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Washington

DC

Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana and Maryland

$4,999,478

 

Total

 

 

 

$42,296,247

 

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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