Throughout this past year, we have had tremendous success in advancing interagency and intergovernmental work in support of Registered Apprenticeship and the President’s goal to double the number of apprenticeships by 2020. A recent outcome of this collaboration has been the Federal Resources Playbook for Registered Apprenticeship to help employers start and support their program. We thank you for your support and look forward to continued collaboration.
The purpose of this communication is to bring you up-to-date on recent announcements so that you can more effectively share information with your own stakeholders. As many of you know, on December 11, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the issuance of a $100 million funding opportunity for American Apprenticeship grants. This was the first of several announcements that make this a very exciting time for the Registered Apprenticeship system!
During this past month, the White House launched the ApprenticeshipUSA and LEADERs Initiative to encourage employers to create new, and expand existing, Apprenticeship programs to increase the number of high-skill training opportunities available to U.S. workers in support of the President’s State of the Union pledge to “give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education.” Please see the White House Fact Sheet to learn more about the President’s call to action to employers and some of the employers that have already made apprenticeship a focus of their training strategy.
The American Apprenticeship Grants announcement has generated significant interest from employers and public partners alike; it marks the single largest Federal investment in apprenticeship history and will serve as a catalyst to scale the apprenticeship model in a number of different industries. These grants will support public-private partnerships that promote the expansion of quality and innovative Registered Apprenticeship programs and will help start efforts to meet the needs of business and expand career opportunities for workers, women, underrepresented populations and young men and women of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Below, we’ve provided suggested text as well as a number of technical assistance resources to those seeking to create or expand Apprenticeship programs, which now reside on our newly designed website.
We very much appreciate your leadership and willingness to participate in our expansion efforts to support the President’s goal to double the number of Apprenticeships in the U.S. We encourage you to share the information and resources we’ve provided with your partners and stakeholders and encourage their participation in this movement to significantly expand Apprenticeship in the U.S.
Please let your BFF, Julie or Ryan know if you have any questions. Thanks everyone!
For more information, be sure to download the documents below, which include a TAACCCT Information Sheet and a Suggested Message to Partners and Stakeholders: