U.S. Labor Department Awards $130 Million in Grants To Support Registered Apprenticeship Programs; Massachusetts To Receive $4 Million

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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor yesterday, June 22, announced the award of more than $130 million in grants to develop, modernize and diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 15 states and to establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence in three states and Washington, D.C., to provide technical expertise and services and accelerate the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Massachusetts will receive just under $4 million.

The department’s Employment and Training Administration awarded more than $99 million in State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation grants – ranging from $2 million to $10 million – to bolster states’ efforts to expand programming and inclusive recruitment strategies to attract a diverse workforce.

The awards include more than $85 million for states that demonstrated a commitment to increase their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. These grants also aim to develop partnerships with new industries and non-traditional occupations, including industry sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, and align Registered Apprenticeships with other work-based learning opportunities within state education and workforce systems,


The “announcement reflects the Department of Labor’s renewed commitment to expanding Registered Apprenticeship to train U.S. workers and ensure that diversity and inclusion are core elements of our nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Using Registered Apprenticeships to expand career opportunities for all workers, especially those in under-represented populations, is a priority for the department and a critical component of the Biden-Harris administration’s American Jobs Plan.”

To facilitate expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs, the department also awarded nearly $31 million through cooperative agreements to establish four Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence to provide technical assistance to apprenticeship programs and their enrolled trainees. Located in key areas, the RA-TA Centers of Excellence will seek to create successful and inclusive talent pipelines that meet the needs of today’s industries, workers and communities. Centers of Excellence will provide technical assistance to employers and industry to build out model-registered apprenticeship programs across a range of industries and jobs, including those in America’s critical supply chains. 

The centers will also work across public and private sector partners to expand opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship for women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals and people with disabilities.  

Learn more about the department’s efforts to connect career seekers with apprenticeship opportunities.


The following organizations are recipients of the State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation grants:

RecipientsCityStateAmount
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentJuneauAK$3,991,501
California Department of Industrial RelationsOaklandCA$10,000,000
Colorado Department of Labor and EmploymentDenverCO$10,000,000
Connecticut Department of LaborWethersfieldCT$10,000,000
Idaho Department of Labor, Executive Office of the State of IdahoBoiseID$4,250,000
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic OpportunitySpringfieldIL$5,998,928
Kansas Department of CommerceTopekaKS$5,681,403
Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentBostonMA$3,999,999
Maine Department of LaborAugustaME$5,594,187
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic OpportunityLansingMI$10,000,000
Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce InnovationLas VegasNV$3,999,997
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating CommissionSalemOR$3,999,999
Rhode Island Department of Labor and TrainingCranstonRI$3,962,000
South Carolina State Board for Technical & Comprehensive EducationColumbiaSC$7,710,000
Texas Workforce CommissionAustinTX$10,000,000
RecipientsCityStateAmount
Urban InstituteWashingtonDC$7,000,000
The Council of State GovernmentsLexingtonKY$4,000,000
Jobs for the Future Inc.BostonMA$13,000,000
Safal Partners Inc.HoustonTX$6,995,940

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