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State Of Ohio Receives $9.4 Million For Apprentice Program

Published Tuesday, July 21, 2020
by The Sandusky (Ohio) Register
State Of Ohio Receives $9.4 Million For Apprentice Program

(SANDUSKY, OHIO) - As part of a three-year grant, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the State of Ohio with $9.4 million to strengthen and expand the opportunities in its ApprenticeOhio System.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees ApprenticeOhio, which registers programs that meet national criteria for quality and safety.

“Apprenticeships ‘are an excellent way to begin building a successful and sustainable career. ‘This grant ‘will allow us to make that option accessible to even more Ohioans,’” State Department Director Kimberly Hall said. “Apprentices ‘earn while they learn, avoid’ student loan debt, ‘and, when they complete their programs, their starting salaries can be as much as’ ($60,000).”

A sponsor - usually an employer, a group of employers or a Labor/Management Committee - runs each program.

Local companies that participate in the program include Whirlpool in Clyde, Berry Plastics Corporation in Monroeville and Shan-Rod Incorporated in Berlin Heights.

Apprentices learn skills needed in the industry through at least 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom training.

With more than 19,000 people enrolled, Ohio ranks second in the Nation for Registered Apprentices.

The Federal Government awarded higher grant amounts to states that demonstrated "excellent performance" in crucial policy objects.

Ohio received the maximum amount available for the “Building State Capacity To Expand Apprenticeship Through Innovation” Grant.

The department will use the grant to fund the following: System improvements; Incentives to help employers pay for the costs of training and tools; and Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities for under-represented populations, including Minorities, Veterans and individuals with disabilities and people with criminal records

The Department will administer the grant in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Workforce Association, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Ohio Departments of Education and Higher Education.

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