About

About

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.  States, with industry and employer partners, are critical leaders in apprenticeship expansion. In recent years, governors and state legislatures have recognized apprenticeship as an effective strategy for meeting the needs of businesses, keeping up with a rapidly changing economy, building a skilled workforce, and accelerating growth that leads to economic opportunity for workers and families. States are raising awareness of apprenticeship, embedding apprenticeship into education and workforce development systems, increasing diversity among apprentices, and investing in new partnerships and programs.

The DOL Office of Apprenticeship’s (OA) State Expansion Grants are designed with the following goals in mind:

  • Expanding the number of apprentices in Registered Apprenticeship Programs nationwide;
  • Supporting and encouraging Registered Apprenticeship Program diversification, including increasing the diversity of apprentices and growing apprenticeship across industry sectors; and
  • Advancing the integration of Registered Apprenticeship Programs into state workforce development, education, and economic development strategies and programs, ensuring that apprenticeship is a viable career path for youth, adults, career seekers as well as a valuable workforce development strategy for businesses.