Expanding Apprenticeships in America

In 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships, bringing together the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local governments, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships. 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.

The Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties was awarded $2.9 million to lead the Central NY Regional Apprenticeship Program. The grant is being used to create the first regional pre-apprenticeship program. Pre-apprenticeship will transition to new apprenticeship programs and increased participation in existing union-run apprenticeship programs. The program will serve 600 traditionally underserved populations in the State of New York.

On June 15, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) Expanding Apprenticeships in America.

“In today’s rapidly changing economy, it is more important than ever to prepare workers to fill both existing and newly created jobs and to prepare workers for the jobs of the future,” the EO states. “Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills that employers value.  Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers.”

“Apprenticeships hold great promise in helping American workers acquire the skills they need to get good jobs while ensuring companies can attract the talent required to succeed in this fast-moving economy.”

–Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta


Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time

American Apprenticeships Initiative (AAI)

The US Department of Labor is committed to creating more opportunities for hard-working Americans to get ahead by advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now.

Hands-on apprenticeships, where workers earn and learn at the same time, are a proven path to good, secure middle-class jobs. In fact, statistics from the Department of Labor (DOL) show that 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000.

The return on investment for employers is also impressive. DOL says that studies from around the globe suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.

American Apprenticeship Grants will help expand apprenticeships into growing industries while also aligning apprenticeship with pathways for further learning and career advancement, scaling apprenticeship models that work, and providing access to apprenticeship for all of America’s talent.

In Central New York, AAI is building a new sustainable regional pipeline specific to advanced manufacturing including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems. Providing more Americans with affordable access to education and job training opportunities will help grow the middle class while strengthening local businesses and bolstering the economy.

Participant Benefits

AAI helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. There is no charge to enroll in the program.

We provide opportunities for:
  • On-the-Job Learning
  • Job Related Technical/Classroom or Online Instruction
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training


AAI helps companies registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees.  Apprenticeships create a pipeline of skilled workers to help employers prepare for the “grey tsunami,” mend the skills gap and bring their companies to the next level.

  • Higher Productivity
  • Higher retention rates
  • A substantial return on investment
AAI can also help businesses set up an apprenticeship program!

This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

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For more information about the AAI or its expansion, please contact us today!

Working Solutions
209 Elizabeth St.
Utica, NY 13501

Alice Savino, Executive Director
Phone: (315) 798-5908
Email: asavino@working-solutions.org