Apprenticeships are a proven strategy to expand equitable training pathways to good-paying jobs, including union jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released nearly $200 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeships. DOL made the money accessible in late February 2024.

The funding includes $95 million of competitive grants through the second round of the Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program and $100 million in the second round of State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula Grants. The grant prioritizes various industries, including manufacturing, warehousing and logistics.

“The second round of Apprenticeship Building America funding continues DOL’s commitment to providing all of America’s workers with access to training and career preparation that leads to good jobs with family-sustaining wages,” says Julie Su, acting DOL secretary. “These grants serve as another avenue toward strengthening the nation’s workforce development infrastructure to connect people from all communities.”

DOL will award 12 to 25 grants, ranging from $1 million to $8 million, in three categories depending on the geographic scope:

  1. Category 1 – Ensuring equitable registered apprenticeship program pathways and partnerships through pre-apprenticeship leading to registered apprenticeship enrollment;
  2. Category 2 – Creation of education system-aligned pre-apprenticeship programs and Registered Apprenticeship programs; and
  3. Category 3 – registered apprenticeship hubs.

Click here to apply and learn more about the second round of Apprenticeship Building America grants and click here to learn more about the State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula grants.

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