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Deadline: April 15, 2024

DOL Apprenticeship Building America, Round 2

Description: The Department plans to award between 12 and 25 grants. Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) allow industry, workforce stakeholders, and the education community to match career seekers with in-demand jobs in diverse industries and occupations. RAPs are authorized through regulations issued under the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.), which are located at 29 C.F.R. Parts 29 and 30. Applicants may refer to https://www.apprenticeship.gov/employers/registered-apprenticeship-program for more information on the key elements of a RAP.

Category 1: Ensuring Equitable RAP Pathways and Partnerships Through Pre-apprenticeship Leading to RAP Enrollment: Grantees will establish and develop public-private partnerships with pre-apprenticeship programs leading to RAP enrollment during the grant period of performance. This activity will advance Registered Apprenticeship initiatives designed to increase diversity and equity in Registered Apprenticeship for underrepresented populations and undeserved communities, including a focus on quality pre-apprenticeships. Applicants are encouraged to use industry-wide pre-apprenticeship program models that feed into a broad range of RAPs. Further, as access to supportive services is an important element of quality pre-apprenticeship, applicants are encouraged to integrate supportive services to increase access to and completion of pre-apprenticeships and RAPs. (See Appendix A for a definition of equity partnerships and supportive services.)

Category 1: Ensuring Equitable RAP Pathways and Partnerships Through Pre-apprenticeship Leading to RAP Enrollment  Grantees applying under Category 1 will develop and promote public-private partnerships to advance RAPs and pre-apprenticeships that lead to a RAP enrollment aimed at increasing diversity and equity in apprenticeship for underrepresented populations and underserved communities. Pre-apprenticeship programs funded through this grant must lead directly to RAP enrollment during the grant period of performance.

Required Activities:

1. Build talent pipelines/on ramps to RAPs, including by making use of industry-wide models, leading directly to placement in and completion of RAPs. Grantees are expected to develop and/or connect with pre-apprenticeship programs, including those that are WIOA-authorized youth programs, to develop Registered Apprenticeship pathways that enroll pre-apprentices successfully into RAPs during the grant period of performance. This may include working with pre-apprenticeship programs to develop curricula to facilitate a smooth transition into RAPs and covering the costs of RI, OJL, and supportive services upon entry into RAPs.

2. Use leveraged and/or grant funds for supportive services provided to pre-apprentices and registered apprentices to reduce barriers to participation and successful completion. Grantees may use up to 25 percent of grant funds to provide these services (See Section IV.E. Funding Restrictions for more information). Examples of supportive services include, but are not limited to, housing and transportation assistance, childcare, counseling and other needs (See Appendix A for additional information on supportive services).

3. Invest in outreach to promote DEIA in RAPs. Grantees are expected to raise awareness about the various types of Registered Apprenticeship pathways to underrepresented populations and underserved communities. This includes developing partnerships with equity focused organizations that serve these groups, such as Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) (including but not limited to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations, and businesses to educate diverse stakeholders about the benefits and return on investment of RAPs in in-demand, high-growth sectors.

4. Develop equitable pathways and partnerships to RAPs. Through pre-apprenticeship and other partnerships, grantees are expected to expand RAP opportunities for underrepresented populations and underserved communities and provide incentive funding for employers to expand RAP opportunities for underrepresented populations and underserved communities.

5. Offer program participants industry-recognized portable and stackable credentials.

6. Provide clear pathways from pre-apprentice to RAP enrollment. Grantees are expected to propose pre-apprenticeship programs that are connected to a RAP sponsor and will enroll pre-apprentices into RAPs during the grant period of performance.

7. Provide incentive funding to support employers engaged in Registered Apprenticeship. Grantees can use up to 20 percent of funds awarded to support incentives to new employers and joint or non-joint employer groups to directly fund the development of RAPs or other program development needs (See Section IV.E. Funding Restrictions for more information).

Amount: Up to $1,000,000 over 4 years for Category 1 awards.

Eligibility: To be eligible, you must identify as one of the following: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, City or township government,
or a County government.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/352219


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