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The U.S. Department of Labor says federal funds are available for up to four new contracts to launch, promote and expand registered apprenticeship models in critical industries impacted by the pandemic and industries that do not traditionally rely on apprenticeships.

Organizations that are experts in arranging apprenticeship programs for businesses can submit proposals for contracts to develop and expand apprenticeship models targeting any of these workforce areas:

  • 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.

USDOL says the contracts are open to “industry intermediaries” –– organizations within an industry or subsector that serve as liaisons to employers, other industry partners and the USDOL’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.

Go here to learn more about this funding opportunity. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18.

All questions must be submitted by 2 p.m., Sept. 20 via email to both USDOL Contract Specialist Christopher Capers and Contracting Officer Valerie S. Pickard at these email addresses:  Capers.Christopher@dol.gov and  Pickard.Valerie.S@dol.gov.