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U.S. Department Of Labor Awards More Than $22 Million To Industry Intermediaries To Support Continued Apprenticeship Expansion & Opportunity

Published Tuesday, October 13, 2020
by USDOL Press Release
U.S. Department Of Labor Awards More Than $22 Million To Industry Intermediaries To Support Continued Apprenticeship Expansion & Opportunity

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently awarded $22 million in contract investments to 12 Industry Intermediaries to continue USDOL’s efforts to expand the number of Apprenticeship opportunities in growing sectors across the country.

This effort will further Registered Apprenticeship expansion strategies in high growth industries including Information Technology (IT), Cybersecurity, Telecommunications and 5G Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality, Health Care and Health IT, Transportation and Logistics, and Energy.

Industry Intermediaries are organizations uniquely positioned to convene employers within an industry or sub-sector to determine skill needs and workforce trends and to work with employers on a regional and national level to develop Apprenticeship Programs with the goal of increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities. 

“The (USDOL) is increasing transparency and accountability for our diversity, equity, and expansion efforts in the Registered Apprenticeship Program,” Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch said. “(The) awards replace outdated contract awards by funding and creating greater collaboration across partners to deliver measurable results for our customers.” 

Industry Intermediaries continue to serve as a conduit between employers and other industry partners and the Department’s Office of Apprenticeship to accelerate Apprenticeship program development and help create new sector-based Apprenticeship partnerships at the regional and national level.

Industry Intermediaries usually specialize in a specific sector, but some may possess expertise that cut across more than one market.

As part of this effort, each of the intermediaries are committed to enrolling an average of 750 Registered Apprentices or more a year over the life of the contract through strategies that engage employers and industry, leverage key partnerships, reduce program development time for key occupations in target industries, and increase the number of new Apprentices.

The Employment and Training Administration administers Federal government Job Training and Dislocated Worker Programs, Federal Grants to states for Public Employment Service Programs, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

These services are primarily provided through State and Local Workforce Development Systems.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States, improve working conditions, advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

For a list of the awarded contracts, Go To:  www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200925-3

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