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The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration provided $175 million in grant funds for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million was expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards ranged from $2.5–5 million.
ApprenticeshipUSA—A Department of Labor Initiative
Building on historic bipartisan support from Congress and leadership across a broad range of states and industry partners, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded nearly $90 million in funding appropriated for the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative to further the goal to double and diversify Registered Apprenticeships by 2019 (WH Fact Sheet). The $90 million consists of strategic investments to accelerate and expand state apprenticeship strategies and grow the use of apprenticeships in new industries while ensuring that these profound educational and economic opportunities are within reach for more Americans. These new investments are the result of a bipartisan agreement to provide the first-ever programmatic funding for Registered Apprenticeship through the Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill. Find out more information about these investments below.