White House announces American Apprenticeship awardees

By Katie Spiker, September 09, 2015

Earlier today, the Department of Labor announced the 46 recipients of the American Apprenticeship Grants.

The $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants are part of the Administration’s efforts to double the number of apprenticeships in the country. These grants, which require recipients to create sector partnerships and facilitate career pathways, are intended to expand and support access to the job training needed to obtain middle-skill jobs.

Grantees under this initiative will work to bring together employers, labor unions, or public sector representatives together with community colleges, training providers, members of the workforce investment system, or state apprenticeship agencies. Together, these public/private partnerships will pioneer new and expanded apprenticeship programs. DOL also required partnerships to show any leveraged funds that would facilitate expanding apprenticeships and to explain how the local partnerships could be replicable across the country. Recipients are also required to increase opportunities for underrepresented populations (including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans) to successfully take part and complete apprenticeship programming.

Under the grants, recipients can engage in the following activities to achieve apprenticeship expansion:

  1. Develop new and expand existing sector partnerships and career pathways
  2. On-the-job learning
  3. Job-related technical instruction
  4. Pre-apprenticeship training
  5. Partnership building activities
  6. Awareness building

National Skills Coalition applauds the White House's commitment to advance job-driven training initiatives that build the skills required for workers to succeed and for businesses to grow.