ICYMI: US Department of Labor awards more than $130M in grants to support Registered Apprenticeship programs; increase employment opportunities

June 22, 2021

News Release

U.S. Department of Labor | June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $130M in grants to support
Registered Apprenticeship programs; increase employment opportunities 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $130 million in grants to develop, modernize and diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 15 states and to establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence in three states and Washington, D.C., to provide technical expertise and services and accelerate the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs.

The department’s Employment and Training Administration awarded more than $99 million in State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation grants – ranging from $2 million to $10 million – to bolster states’ efforts to expand programming and inclusive recruitment strategies to attract a diverse workforce. The awards include more than $85 million for states that demonstrated a commitment to increase their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. These grants also aim to develop partnerships with new industries and non-traditional occupations, including industry sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, and align Registered Apprenticeships with other work-based learning opportunities within state education and workforce systems,

“Today’s announcement reflects the Department of Labor’s renewed commitment to expanding Registered Apprenticeship to train U.S. workers and ensure that diversity and inclusion are core elements of our nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Using Registered Apprenticeships to expand career opportunities for all workers, especially those in under-represented populations, is a priority for the department and a critical component of the Biden-Harris administration’s American Jobs Plan.”

To facilitate expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs, the department also awarded nearly $31 million through cooperativeRegistered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence agreements to establish four Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence to provide technical assistance to apprenticeship programs and their enrolled trainees. Located in key areas, the RA-TA Centers of Excellence will seek to create successful and inclusive talent pipelines that meet the needs of today’s industries, workers and communities. Centers of Excellence will provide technical assistance to employers and industry to build out model-registered apprenticeship programs across a range of industries and jobs, including those in America’s critical supply chains. The centers will also work across public and private sector partners to expand opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship for women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals and people with disabilities.

Learn more about the department’s efforts to connect career seekers with apprenticeship opportunities.

Lists of the grant recipients in both programs follow this news release.

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The following organizations are recipients of the State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation grants:

Recipients  City State Amount
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development   Juneau AK $3,991,501
California Department of Industrial Relations   Oakland CA $10,000,000
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment   Denver CO $10,000,000
Connecticut Department of Labor   Wethersfield CT $10,000,000
Idaho Department of Labor, Executive Office of the State of Idaho   Boise ID $4,250,000
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity   Springfield IL $5,998,928
Kansas Department of Commerce   Topeka KS $5,681,403
Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development   Boston MA $3,999,999
Maine Department of Labor   Augusta ME $5,594,187
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity   Lansing MI $10,000,000
Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation   Las Vegas NV $3,999,997
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission   Salem OR $3,999,999
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training   Cranston RI $3,962,000
South Carolina State Board for Technical & Comprehensive Education   Columbia SC $7,710,000
Texas Workforce Commission   Austin TX $10,000,000

The following organizations are recipients of Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence grants:

Recipients City State Amount
Urban Institute Washington DC $7,000,000
The Council of State Governments Lexington KY $4,000,000
Jobs for the Future Inc. Boston MA $13,000,000
Safal Partners Inc. Houston TX $6,995,940

Media Contacts:

Monica C. Vereen, 202-693-4686, vereen.monica.c@dol.gov
Arjun Singh, 202-693-0214, singh.arjun.p@dol.gov

Release Number: 21-1198-NAT

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