The Department of Labor is awarding $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships. The winning grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries, including health care, IT, and advanced manufacturing over the next five years. The grant emphasis on partnerships is front and center.
The grants represent the single largest investment to date to expand U.S. apprenticeships and make these proven training opportunities available to more workers and employers. In his speech last week announcing the awards at Macomb Community College, President Obama noted that England and Germany have 15 and 16 times more apprenticeships than the U.S., respectively. So we've got catch-up to do. (Read more at dol.gov/apprenticeship.)
Read About Some of the Winners
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was awarded a $3 million grant to fund the AIM-High Wisconsin Apprenticeships in Manufacturing & HighTech Wisconsin project. With participation from such employers as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and GE Healthcare Systems, AIM-High will serve 300 workers in the IT, construction, and advanced manufacturing industries in the state of Wisconsin, developing a highly skilled workforce able to meet industry needs through apprenticeships. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, praising the grant program after announcing the art institute's and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board's grant success, stated that the apprenticeship programs demonstrate great partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Detroit's Focus: HOPE
This program will receive $3 million in apprenticeship grant funding to train the workforce of the future in IT and advanced manufacturing. The Detroit project will partner with several organizations, educational institutions, and employers to expand apprenticeship training opportunities targeting minorities, women, veterans, the under-employed and unemployed, and low-skilled residents, with the goal of preparing 300 trainees for careers.
Florida Apprenticeship in the 21st Century Program
The Florida State College of Jacksonville won a $5 million grant to close workforce skills gap faced by high-growth industries in Florida, and those heavily impacted by H-1B visas, by promoting the growth and expansion of quality and innovative apprenticeships. This program will serve 1,000 individuals, including current students, veterans, unemployed individuals, incumbent workers, and other under-represented populations.
You can read more about the grant winners at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20151762.htm.