The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) received a $1.3 million Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout Indiana.
A primary focus of this initiative is to increase diversity within Indiana apprenticeship programs in terms of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and business sector roles.
DWD will engage industry, education and community partners to expand apprenticeships in non-traditional sectors and increase opportunities in growing sectors such as Information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction and the skilled trades.
“Research affirms that apprenticeships and work-and-learn opportunities result in greater exposure to career options, more engaged employees, higher job satisfaction and a beneficial experience for both student and employer,” said DWD Commissioner Steven J. Braun. “The ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant will enable DWD to diversify and enhance the state’s current apprenticeship options in communities throughout Indiana.”
The State Expansion Grant is Indiana’s second grant as part of the ApprenticeshipUSA program. This past June, DWD received a $200,000 State Accelerator Grant to lay the groundwork for expanding apprenticeship programs in Indiana.