WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of funds to award up to four new contracts to Industry Intermediaries to launch, promote and expand Registered Apprenticeship models in critical industries impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and industries that have not traditionally used apprenticeship to meet employer and sector needs.
Industry Intermediaries are organizations within an industry or sub-sector serving as liaisons to employers, other industry partners and the department’s Office of Apprenticeship to determine skill needs and workforce trends and work with employers to increase apprenticeship opportunities.
Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the request for proposals solicits intermediaries looking to expand apprenticeship opportunities in industries affected disproportionately by the pandemic, increase opportunities for under-represented populations and leverage existing resources to support and sustain Registered Apprenticeship programs at the local and national level.
This funding will target the following sectors:
- Care economy sectors serving individuals, families, elderly and persons with disabilities to provide community food and housing, vocational rehabilitation services and childcare services.
- Electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
- Key supply chains including semi-conductors, advanced batteries, critical minerals and strategic materials, pharmaceuticals and active ingredients and transportation equipment manufacturing.
- Transportation and logistics operations for supply chain distribution including air, rail, water and support activities.
Learn more about the department’s broader efforts to connect job seekers with apprenticeship opportunities and expand apprenticeship to new sectors and industries.