The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) recently awarded the SC Technical College System a $5 million grant to expand apprenticeship in the state.
This grant is part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) and represents the federal government’s largest investment in apprenticeship with $100 million in grants awarded across the country. They are designed to fund projects across diverse industries and occupations for which employers are using H-1B visa to hire foreign workers. The goal is to increase the use of apprenticeship through innovative and sustainable public-private partnerships and programs designed to scale apprenticeships.
“The SC Technical College System and its Apprenticeship Carolina program are dedicated to increasing the awareness and use of registered apprenticeships in South Carolina," Dr. Jimmie Williamson, president of the SC Technical College System, said. "We know from experience that apprenticeships can go a long way to bridging the skills gap that so many companies across our state face.”
An apprenticeship is a time-tested method of employee development that combines supervised on-the-job learning and job-related education. A program registered with DOLETA shows an employer’s visible commitment to developing a high-quality workforce that meets nationally recognized training standards.
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