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The U.S. Department of Labor this week announced the availability of $98 million in funding to support the delivery of pre-apprenticeships in high-demand industries including construction, healthcare, information technology and hospitality. 

Funded through the department’s YouthBuild Program, the grants will help provide educational guidance, occupational skills training and employment services to disadvantaged young people, ages 16 to 24, in communities where barriers to academic and career skills development persist. These grants are available to nonprofits, public and private higher education institutions, state, county and municipal governments and other eligible organizations. 

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the YouthBuild Program will fund individual grants for about 75 projects ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million. The grants require a 25% match from applicants, using sources other than federal funding. 

YouthBuild Program funding has enabled program participants to support initiatives in construction, technology and the care economy. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m., Feb 1, 2024. 

For more information about the YouthBuild pre-apprenticeship grants, go here.