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: