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On April 21, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 19-15, announcing the availability of up to $9.5 million in “apprenticeship accelerator” grants to states to support efforts to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities. The accelerator grants are part of DOL’s broader ApprenticeshipUSA initiative, which is being funded through a $90 million Congressional appropriation included in last year’s omnibus spending bill.
States are eligible to apply for up to $250,000 in accelerator grant funding over a two-year period, and may use funds to support a range of activities, including:
States interested in applying for Accelerator Grants must submit proposals by not later than May 15, 2016.
The TEGL notes that the accelerator grants are the first of a series of grants that will be funded under the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative in 2016, including an additional $52 million in state apprenticeship “expansion grants” that will be announced in June, and approximately $30 million in contracts with national industry and equity partners that will supplement state efforts. A timeline of expected funding availability can be found on the ApprenticeshipUSA website.
National Skills Coalition strongly supports the expansion of apprenticeship and other work-based learning opportunities, and we look forward to working with DOL and other stakeholders to ensure that these strategies serve the broadest possible of range of employers and jobseekers.