Eligible applicants are apprenticeship partnerships of public and private sector entities. The partnership must include a lead applicant, who will serve as the grantee. Eligible lead applicants are institutions of higher education representing a consortium of institutions of higher education or a state system of higher education, such as a community college system office or a single state higher educational board.
Within the partnership, there must be at least one private sector partner, with at least one-high level representative from the private industry that represents the sector or industry where apprenticeships will be taken to scale. The private sector partner must consist of one or more national industry/trade associations or a consortium of at least five businesses representing an industry sector.
Applicants must develop comprehensive approaches to establishing new apprenticeship models or expanding existing apprenticeship programs on a national scale. They must also identify proposed service areas, such as economic region(s), cities, counties, and states, where new or existing apprenticeship programs will be deployed initially, and explain how those programs will ultimately reach a national scale.
Grant project activities will include establishing new apprenticeship programs or expanding existing apprenticeship programs, creating the training infrastructure/network to deploy the new programs, promoting apprenticeship programs on a national scale, and developing training activities for an expanded pool of individual apprentices in the newly certified or expanded programs.
Applicants must design workforce development strategies that comprise all of the following activities:
1) Expanding existing apprenticeships or deploying a new apprenticeship program within an H-1B industry on a national scale, including developing program standards, meeting quality standards, and obtaining promotion and adoption by a significant number of employers within the sector;
2) Recruiting a diverse and large number of apprentices for a robust workforce;
3) Offering earn-as-you-learn education and training models that prepare individuals to successfully move into middle- to high-skilled employment;
4) Engaging a wide array of employers, large and small, in the adoption and deployment of apprenticeships to greatly expand apprenticeship opportunities; and
5) Developing a system for reviewing, approving, collecting data from, and monitoring apprenticeship programs to assess the quality of the training standards, materials, and programs.
In addition, all applicants must provide outreach plans for promoting apprenticeship to a broad network of employers, including small employers. The outreach plans must demonstrate significant reach within an industry sector. Applicants must also provide customer focused and technical assistance supports to this network of employers to enable them to implement the new apprenticeship programs.
Eligible participants to receive training under this grant are individuals older than 16 years and not currently enrolled in school within a local educational agency. This program will train individuals who are unemployed and seeking entry or reentry into the workforce, underemployed workers, and incumbent workers who need to increase their skills to remain competitive. Training must result in advancement of an individual’s skills along a career pathway into middle- and high-skilled occupations.