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KY Labor Cabinet receives $896,600 apprenticeship grant
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: U.S. Dept. of Labor Award will help add 1,300 apprentices in Kentucky.
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By Derrick K. Ramsey
News from Kentucky Labor Cabinet
FRANKFORT, KY (24 Oct 2016) - The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. - including $896,600 for Kentucky.
The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year-olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.
"In Kentucky we recognize the value of apprenticeships and the vital role they play as the Commonwealth works to become the manufacturing hub of excellence in America," said Gov. Bevin. "Employers across the state are in need of skilled laborers, and this funding will help train a workforce ready to fill that need. By re-committing ourselves to fully embracing the power of apprenticeships, we place ourselves in the best position to move Kentucky forward."
"Receiving this funding is critical to the Labor Cabinet's goal of expanding the scope of industries with Registered Apprenticeships," Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey stated. "We're very proud of the approximately 1,100 employers and 150 different programs that already exist here in Kentucky, but this award will play an important role in growing those numbers. Kentucky is working toward becoming the manufacturing hub of excellence in America, and I'm proud that this vision is being endorsed by this grant award."
Called the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative, this is the second phase of the Dept. of Labor's strategy to diversify Registered Apprenticeships into new sectors and engage under-served populations. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the grant initiative is intended to:
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