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Apprenticeships

Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida Counties, Inc. 

Expanding Apprenticeships in America


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

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Tax Credits

First launched in 2018, The Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit program encourages the expansion of apprenticeship as a work-based learning model. Apprenticeship is a time honored approach to training skilled workers through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Apprenticeship Opportunities

  • Have you ever thought about becoming an apprentice?
  • Or are you a business thinking about starting an apprenticeship program?

The Workforce Development Board has apprenticeship grants that can help!

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant helps recruit, train, and retain women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and encourages them to pursue apprenticeships and non-traditional occupations. Non-traditional occupations are occupations where women make up 25% or less of the workforce, including but not limited to: trades, information technology (IT), advanced manufacturing, transportation, public safety, agriculture, and more.

This program is available in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

This program is 100% funded by a United States Department of Labor grant administered by the Women’s Bureau and Employment and Training Administration of $716,676.00.

Contact: Sommer Edwards

The NY College Apprenticeship Network (NYCAN) grant will be working with SUNY to provide companies and apprentices an opportunity to receive funding, which will provide case management and supportive services through the help of your local Workforce Development Boards across the state. It allows the HMO WDB to provide employers with 50 or less employees OJT (On the Job Training) with a 50% salary reimbursement at $25/hr for a maximum of 6 months. We will be working closely with MVCC, MACNY, and the SUNY system to provide the training necessary to help push this initiative state wide.

Contact: Alice Savino or Meghan McBennett

Fast Facts About SUNY Apprenticeships

The Regional Apprenticeship Development and Readiness (RADAR) Project (funded by the Apprenticeship Building America grant) advances the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to expand and modernize Registered Apprenticeship by increasing the number of programs and apprentices, diversifying the industries that use Registered Apprenticeship and improving the access to and performance of Registered Apprenticeship Programs for underrepresented and underserved communities, with individuals with disabilities as the primary participants. These individuals will receive career guidance, assessment and training in a chosen field, such as manufacturing, IT, healthcare or the trades.

RADAR will assist in connecting people with disabilities with pre-apprenticeship training and registered apprenticeship opportunities. In order to qualify, individuals should be 18+, have a diagnosed disability, and live in one of the following counties: Onondaga, Cortland, Oneida, Madison, Chenango, Herkimer, Otsego, Delaware, Fulton, Montgomery, or Schoharie. Disabilities can include anything that may hamper someone's ability to work. The goal is that any participant who enters be placed in a pre-apprenticeship training program, with the outcome of taking their skills to apply for a recognized apprenticeship program.

This program is 100% funded by a United States Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) award of $2,999,993.

Contact: Sommer Edwards


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.

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.

EMPLOYERS WHO UTILIZE APPRENTICES REPORT:
  • Higher Productivity
  • Higher retention rates
  • A substantial return on investment

Please Note: We cannot fund or provide services to any male over the age of 18 who has not registered for selective service.

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