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DOL Launches $100 Million Apprenticeship Grant Competition

December 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has formally launched a grant competition to award $100 million in funds to help develop registered apprenticeship programs in high-growth fields, including health care.

President Obama announced the program, along with a separate, $290 million Manufacturing Innovation Hub Competition, on December 11.

The American Apprenticeship Initiative was first announced last spring.

Apprenticeship programs are proven to spur career advancement for workers, a White House press release said: Nearly 90 percent of apprentices find employment after completing their programs, with an average starting salary of more than $50,000.

Several registered apprenticeship programs are available for direct-care workers.

One of the goals of the initiative is to “significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for job seekers and workers,” particularly populations that are underrepresented in apprenticeships, such as women and people of color, the DOL website says.

The deadline for applications is April 30. More information about applying for the grants is available online.

— by Matthew Ozga

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