$11.5 million is available to build, support and expand Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs with a specific focus on diverse talent pipelines and underserved populations, non-traditional occupations, alignment with secondary and/or post-secondary educational institutions, and expedited growth through multi-county or statewide initiatives.
Funding will focus on the following:
1. Diverse Talent Pipelines and Underserved Populations: Build new or expand current Registered Apprenticeship Programs with a concentration on recruiting from diverse talent pipelines and serving populations traditionally underserved in Registered Apprenticeship. Programs should have a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as career pathways to opportunities that pay a living wage; and/or
2. Non-Traditional Occupations: Support the expansion of Registered Apprenticeships into nontraditional occupations and/or industries/sectors through building new or expanding current Registered Apprenticeship Programs; and/or
3. Career Pathways: Expand apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship initiatives in close alignment with
secondary and/or post-secondary educational institutions concentrating on Career Pathway system growth; and/or
4. Expedited Growth and Wider Reach: Support the expansion of apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs that have a statewide or multi-county reach allowing for expedited growth of
quality programming across the Commonwealth.
Competitive grants up to $400,000 will be awarded per application for apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs that have a single-county or localized reach.
Competitive grants up to $650,000 will be awarded per application for apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs that have a statewide or multi-county reach (three or more counties).