The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) has received over $840,000 from the US Department of Labor to expand Registered Apprenticeships across the state.

The Apprenticeship State Expansion grant covers the next three years and will allow NDOL to assist businesses with new program development.

“The ‘earn while you learn’ model of Registered Apprenticeships is growing our state by equipping students to excel in IT and manufacturing,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “Apprenticeships put young Nebraskans on a path to learn valuable skills and to gain technical expertise so that they can get high-paying jobs.”

The grant allows for enrolling over 400 new Registered Apprentices.  As of March 2019, there were approximately 125 Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs in Nebraska, representing an increase of 44 percent since 2016. NDOL was awarded the ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grant in 2016.

“Registered Apprenticeships have grown tremendously in the last three years and this funding will allow us to build on that momentum,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin.  “We look forward to new partnerships with employers and educational institutions as they connect workers with quality job opportunities.”

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