Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program Grants

Our 4.4% unemployment rate is the lowest since 1970, but does that mean we should applaud and sit back on our laurels? According to Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, there are still 6.9 million unemployed US citizens and 6 million vacancies in the job market.

Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program Grants give unskilled US citizens the necessary tools to enter the workforce, decrease the unemployment rate even more, resolve worker shortages and stimulate the economy.

Because workforce development grants will aid the US economy, President Trump signed an executive order on June 15th that will increase the number of federal and state apprenticeships by doubling the amount of money that the federal government currently spends on the programs, which means more grants will become available for workforce development programs (Inside Hired). While President Trump has been planning the finances of apprenticeship funding, his daughter Ivanka “has been making the rounds on the networks to promote an expansion of these programs to help prepare workers for a changing economy. . . . [and] to promote apprenticeships as a centerpiece of a developing and educated American workforce” (The Hill).

All the publicity and attention these potential apprenticeship programs are receiving will certainly result in an influx of workforce development grants. GrantWatch also sees the value of training programs, which is why we list a wide selection of Workforce Development Grants on our website! We look forward to posting new workforce development grants when they become available.

Workforce Development Grants help veterans, youth, displaced workers and immigrants enter, remain in and advance in the workplace. Grants such as these provide programs for career education and career training, help solve workforce shortages and promote workforce health.

While over 1/3rd of US citizens have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, the overall unemployment rate is 4.4%, and over half of that percentage is made up of citizens with a college degree (US Census Bureau; US Bureau of Labor).

What are Workforce Development Grants?

Federal, State and Local governments as well as unique philanthropists and foundations award workforce development grants to nonprofits and, occasionally, for-profit organizations. These grants provide necessary funding to create programs for career education of different skills, such as leadership and organizational management, and career training in various fields, such as construction and technology. Workforce development funding can be used to create both workforce training programs and apprenticeship programs to create a collection of newly trained, educated workers that have the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the workforce.

What is the difference between apprenticeship programs and workforce training programs?

While apprenticeships are considered workforce training programs, not all workforce training programs are considered apprenticeships, which allow unskilled persons to learn onsite while earning an hourly wage. Both programs teach potential workers specific skills for a variety of career fields, but an apprenticeship is demonstrative of only one way a training program develops.

An apprenticeship typically follows a learn-as-you-earn model and can persist for one to six years, depending on the skill(s) being acquired. Many workforce training programs do not follow this system. Not all training programs are paid, just as not all programs last a full year; some last only a week, a day or an evening. While an apprenticeship is usually comprised of hands-on learning, many programs may take place in a classroom setting.

Workforce training programs prepare individuals to enter the workforce by teaching them useful skills; an apprenticeship program is only one of the many different types of post-education programs.

Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Grants on

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Prepare Health Professionals to Meet Contemporary Needs

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Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Strengthen Economically Distressed Regions

Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, government agencies, and IHEs to promote the economic development and resiliency of distressed communities throughout the nation. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Training Programs in Maintenance and Restoration of Collector Vehicles and Boats

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for hands-on educational programs that teach young people about vehicle and boat restoration.

Deadline: 12/08/17 5:00 PM PST

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantWatch.