Eleven national industry and employer associations will share $6.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to promote innovation within the department’s Registered Apprenticeship program.
Among other things, the funds will be used to develop various credentials meant to track skill progression of apprentices, to provide technical instruction online and via other means, and to support partnerships between the workforce and education fields.
Most of the grantees are in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They are:
• Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association of the United States and Canada, Beltsville, Md., $622,562.
• National Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Upgrading Fund (Ironworkers), Washington, $536,499.
• Home Builders Institute, Washington, $623,297.
• National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Fairfax, Va., $624,300.
• Trimmer Education Foundation, Arlington, Va., $624,300.
• American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, St. Augustine, Fla., $481,200.
• Finishing Trades Institute, Hanover, Md., $622,757.
• United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Annapolis, Md., $624,300.
• The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Upper Marlboro, Md., $614,943.
• International Masonry Institute, Bowie, Md., $545,149.
• New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Carmel, Ind., $580,685.