More good news. The Federal government has just granted Washington State $2.7 Million dollars to help fund apprenticeship programs. Related to the issues covered by this blog, there is this phrase:
Under Project RAISE, the state will work with various partners to expand apprenticeships, develop a high school-based manufacturing program at select schools, and increase industry demand in rural health care networks. (Jefferson and Clallam County hospitals are considered part of rural health care networks). It will also allow L&I to improve its tracking of growth and success of youth apprenticeships.
L&I filed for the grant based on the need to help more people find and keep jobs. The agency’s Apprenticeship Program helps employer and employee groups develop and maintain on-the-job training programs. There are more than 12,000 active apprentices participating in programs across the state.
We will continue to track this story for outcomes in our region.
Hundreds of Washington workers will have opportunities for job-based apprenticeships, thanks to a new $2.7 million federal grant the state will receive over the next 18 months. Washington state and federal leaders announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has chosen Washington as one of 37 grantees to help grow and diversify apprenticeships around the country