Office of Apprenticeship, Information and Training (OAIT) and the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Pre-Apprenticeship Intermediary Initiative
Within DOES OYP, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a locally funded initiative that provides District youth with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Though MBSYEP is a short-term employment and training program, the goal is to introduce youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.
DOES, through its Office of Apprenticeship, Information, and Training (OAIT) is the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), which has oversight of the apprenticeship system in the District of Columbia. OAIT monitors apprenticeship programs to ensure compliance and the implementation of quality training for all registered apprentices. OAIT also provides guidance and technical assistance to new and current apprenticeship sponsors regarding federal and local regulations, in addition to program regulation, for a successful program.
Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) are proven models of apprenticeship that have been validated by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or the SSA, offering workers paid relevant workplace experiences and enable employers to access a workforce while developing their skilled future talent immediately. RAPs are proven solutions for businesses to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled workers.
As part of the MBSYEP Pre-Apprenticeship Intermediary Initiative, DOES’ OAIT offers grants to organizations to develop and implement pre-apprenticeship initiatives within skilled trades or non-traditional trades that lead to registered apprenticeship opportunities for minority youth (in-school and out-of-school) ages 18-24 and inclusive individuals (individuals possessing physical or mental condition(s) that limits movements, senses, or activities). To demonstrate capacity to move SYEP participants into apprenticeship opportunities post-apprenticeship completion, applying organizations must demonstrate partnerships with RAP approved by the D.C. Apprenticeship Council.
In order to expand innovative programming and meet the demands of District residents, this pre-apprenticeship initiative must lead to direct entry into a RAP that features 1) work-based job training and 2) credential attainment for 100 District residents high school seniors on track to graduate or youth 18-24 with High School Diploma or G.E.D. Proposed pre-apprenticeship programs should also provide enrolled students with related instruction that leads to the achievement of a nationally recognized certification. After completion of the program, pre-apprentices are to be transitioned into a RAP through partnerships established by the applicant.
For further information about the program and responsibilities of the grantee, please see https://communityaffairs.dc.gov/sites/moca/files/dc/sites/moca/publication/attachments/2023%20RFA%20-%20OAIT-MBSYEP%20PRE-APPRENTICESHIP_1.pdf#page=6.
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