In 2016, DOL provided State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) grants to 36 states and 1 territory to grow apprenticeship. Grantees are using funds in three critical ways:

  • To deepen business engagement
  • To build and diversify the pipeline of apprentices
  • To integrate apprenticeship into states’ broader workforce development, economic development, and educational systems.      

This Resource Page showcases innovative strategies to build and diversify the pipeline of apprentices – particularly among under-represented populations – from Alaska, Iowa, and Ohio. 

  • Alaska – Partnered with a health care intermediary to expand apprenticeship access in rural areas, especially with native populations, using distance learning and distance mentoring.
  • Iowa – Formed partnerships with state agencies and intermediaries to create targeted pipelines, including a partnership with the Department of Corrections to double the number of apprentices in Iowa’s correction facilities.
  • Ohio – Established policies and processes to certify pre-apprenticeship programs to promote quality pre-apprenticeship programs and increase access to Registered Apprenticeships.  

Three brief Case Studies and a five-minute video tell their stories.