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U.S. Department of Labor: American Apprenticeship Initiative

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The American Apprenticeship 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 (DOL) (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Grants funded by this initiative will support dynamic and sustainable public-private partnerships that:

  • Support the expansion of quality and innovative1 American Apprenticeship programs into high-growth occupation(s) and industry(s), particularly those for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such programs
  • Create career pathways that encompass American Apprenticeship and align with other post-secondary educational offerings
  • Use strategies to significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for job seekers and workers (particularly for women and other underrepresented populations in apprenticeship, including young men and women of color, people with disabilities; low-skilled populations; and veterans, including transitioning service members)
  • Leverage and develop public policies that increase demand for American Apprenticeship and support sustainability

Applicants should commit, on behalf of the partnership, to: (1) work with DOL (or DOL-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies) to register new apprenticeship programs in H-1B related industries and occupations such as Information Technology, and/or other high-growth industries including but not limited to Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, and Healthcare; and the types of high-demand skill sets (e.g., digital and information technology skills) now required across most industries; and (2) transform and adapt alternative work-based learning programs or rigorous educationally-based internship models into American Apprenticeship programs; or (3) significantly expand existing and successful registered programs.

Amount: Approximately $100 million is available to fund approximately 25 grants, in the following ranges:

  • Programs that serve 300 apprentices: $2,500,000 – $2,999,999
  • Programs that serve 600 apprentices: $3,000,000 – $4,000,000
  • Programs that serve 1,000 apprentices: $4,000,001 – $5,000,000

Eligibility: The applicant must show evidence of a public-private consortium that consists of at least one entity from each of two sectors: 1) Private Sector: A business, a consortium of businesses, a business-related nonprofit organization, a joint labor-management organization, a labor organization, or a private organization functioning as a workforce intermediary for the express purpose of serving the needs of businesses; and 2) Public Sector: At least one representative from one of the following three types of entities: the workforce investment system; public education or training provider; or a DOL-recognized State Apprenticeship Agency. The lead applicant in the consortium must be a public or nonprofit organization.

Link: http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm

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