This week, the Obama administration announced a new focus on apprenticeships through the Department of Labor, with $90 million provided in a spending bill for new initiative entitled ApprenticeshipsUSA. The goal is to expand apprenticeships in America on the state level by building “on the demonstrated success several states have already shown in expanding apprenticeships” through the help of governors within 14 states including Iowa, California, Georgia, and Connecticut.

In a post to their blog, the Department of Labor stated:

To sustain and scale our progress today, the Department of Labor announced that we will invest $90 million to support state strategies to expand apprenticeship, catalyze industry partnerships in fast-growing and high-tech industries, and ensure that apprenticeship opportunities are available for all. This funding will support national efforts to make it easier for employers to start and for workers to find apprenticeship opportunities, no matter their ZIP code… Today’s announcement comes on the heels of our historic award of $175 million last September to expand apprenticeship into new industries and make these opportunities more accessible to women, communities of color and other underserved populations. Here at the Labor Department this week, we brought together those grantees for a few days of engagement and information sharing, and all of them are already making great progress toward their goals.

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