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Applications being accepted for Registered Apprenticeships program

Kentucky was awarded $896,000

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2017) — Kentucky companies interested in participating in Registered Apprenticeships can now begin the application process.

In October, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Kentucky was awarded $896,600 to expand apprenticeship opportunities to underserved populations in the commonwealth.

The initiative calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Called the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative, this is the second phase of the Labor Department’s strategy to diversify Registered Apprenticeships into new sectors and engage under-served populations.

According to the Labor Department, the grant initiative is intended to:

  • Help states advance Registered Apprenticeship as a workforce development strategy and post-secondary education career pathway that maintains the nation’s strong, adaptable and highly skilled workforce.
  • Support integrated, statewide apprenticeship strategies and State capacity to engage industry and meet the demand for new programs in both traditional and non-traditional industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, building trades, cybersecurity and business services.
  • Catalyze state innovations to significantly increase Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for all American workers, particularly underrepresented populations in apprenticeship including opportunity youth, women, communities of color, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities, and taking steps to facilitate their successful completion of apprenticeship programs.