Department of Labor Announces New $90M Investment in Apprenticeship

On April 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Obama Administration’s latest step to increase access to apprenticeship through the use of the $90 million provided in 2015’s year-end omnibus spending bill. $60 million will go to supporting state strategies to expand apprenticeship, including funding for regional industry partnerships and strategies that diversify apprenticeship locally. The other $30 million will catalyze industry partnerships in fast-growing and high-tech industries. The goal is to support organizations focused on increasing diversity and to launch national efforts to make it easier for employers to create – and for workers to find – apprenticeship opportunities. More information can be found on the White House’s fact sheet and the DOL’s ApprenticeshipUSA Investments site.