OFCCP Week in Review: February 2022 #4 | Direct Employers Association

Wednesday, February 23, 2022: $113 Million Now Available Through the Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program

The US Department of Labor announcement $113 million in grants available, including up to $50 million to support “equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities to increase enrollment in registered apprenticeship programs.” the America learning building (ABA) is part of President Biden’s ongoing strategy to strengthen Registered apprentices (RAP).

The grants are intended to support an equitable post-pandemic economic recovery by connecting Americans to good-quality jobs in priority industrial sectors, including critical supply chain industries, and among populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. pandemic.

The plan

Using a coordinated national investment strategy, the ABA will strengthen and modernize the RAP system, increase equity and accessibility in program delivery to apprentices, bring the registered apprenticeship model to a more number of industries and improve RAP completion rates for underrepresented populations and underserved communities.

Grant recipients will work with various partners to support and grow the registered apprentice ecosystem. Specific objectives include expanding RAP opportunities for youth and ensuring equitable RAP pathways through pre-learning leading to RAP enrollment and equity partnerships

Eligible grant recipients

  • non-profit,
  • labor organizations,
  • public and state higher education institutions, and
  • county governments.

Finalists will receive prizes ranging from $1 million to $8 million.

Learn about the department’s broader efforts to connect job seekers to learning opportunities and expand learning to new sectors and industries via the dedicated webpage, https://www.apprenticeship.gov.

On a related note

the Inclusive Learning Partnership released a podcast, “How Inclusive Learning Drives Performance.” In the podcast, david lady, Director of Accessibility at Microsoft, discusses the unique skills and perspectives that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. It also explains how inclusive learning helps create diverse, inclusive and high performing teams.

Andrew B. Reiter