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American Apprenticeship Initiative

This project will build a new sustainable regional pipeline specific to advanced manufacturing including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems.  This program will help employees and employers located in the following counties:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

Participant Benefits

To assist high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans enroll in apprenticeship opportunities.

Apprentice training is a way for participants to gain classroom instruction based on specific trades, become job ready through hands on training, receive certification at  completion of program and create future opportunities.

Local apprentices are paid, starting day one, often more than minimum wage.  There is no charge to the apprentice to enroll.

Employer Value

This program helps companies registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees.   The program paired with on the job training and classroom instruction expand career pathways and prepare the workforce for an every changing tomorrow.

Registered Apprenticeship Programs are also eligible for training/retention funding to help develop a creative and intuitive workforce.




How can I learn more about this program?

Contact your local AAI Program Staff at:

Working Solutions
209 Elizabeth St.
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 798-5008


President Obama Announces
American Apprenticeship Initiative

President Obama and the White House through the Department of Labor awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships marrying the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local governments, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships. The winning grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries including health care, IT and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.