Registered Apprenticeship

 

To promote, engage, and assist industry in the development, expansion, and improvement of Registered Apprenticeship. This program is designed to: provide skilled workers required by U.S. employers, ensure equal employment opportunities, and ensure the quality of all new and existing Registered Apprenticeship programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
17.201
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling; Project Grants (for specified projects); Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: (Actual) Total Active Apprentices: 416,000; For additional information, see Registered Apprenticeship Data and Statistics at http://www.doleta.gov/oa/data_statistics.cfm.
Budget Performance Information is available at http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol//main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2015: Total Active Apprentices: 450,000; For Budget Performance information, see FY 2015 Apprenticeship Excerpt in the DOL Budget in Brief, pp 28-29, at http://www.doleta.gov/Budget/docs/FY2015_BIB_ETA_Excerpts.pdf. Fiscal Year 2016: Total Active Apprentices: 500,000; These projections assume that OA will receive $100 million in additional programmatic funding in FY 2016.
Budget Performance information is available at http://www.dol.gov/dol/budget/2016/PDF/FY2016BIB.pdf.
Authorization
National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (Fitzgerald Act);

Unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register., Title 29, Part 29, Public Law 075-75-308, 29 U.S.C 1-4.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Employers, unions, and other workforce intermediaries can be eligible to start and maintain Registered Apprenticeship programs. The vast majority of programs are not funded by Federal grant funds. The OA and SAAs provide technical assistance.

OA also administers two grant programs, as follows:

I. American Apprenticeship Grants (AAGs)
Approximately $100 million in 25 grants ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million each will be awarded during the fall of Calendar Year 2015 to public and private partnerships consisting of employers, business associations, joint labor-management organizations, labor organizations, community colleges, local and state governments, and other non-profit organizations. Projects funded under the AAG will identify key innovations that seek to train significant numbers of new apprentices and scale apprenticeship programs at a statewide, multi-state, regional, or national level and play a catalytic role in ApprenticeshipUSA expansion. The grant performance period is 60 months. See http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm

II. Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO) grants fund innovative projects to community-based organizations (CBOs) that are designed to improve women's participation in Registered Apprenticeship programs for nontraditional occupations in a broad range of industries. WANTO grants will not be awarded for Program Year (PY) 2015. PY 2013 and PY 2014 funds were awarded to three CBOs to establish regional/multi-state Technical Resource Centers to assist Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors to improve the recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women in apprenticeships. These grants which will expire in PY 2016 are jointly administered by the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration. See http://www.doleta.gov/grants/grants_awarded.cfm.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply into their apprenticeship programs. Individuals applying for acceptance into an apprenticeship program must be at least 16 years old. To be an apprentice in a hazardous occupation, the individual must usually be 18 years. Program sponsors may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, ability to complete the related technical instruction, proof of age.

Along with the completed application form, each prospective apprentice may be required by the program sponsor to submit a transcript of school subjects and grades, proof of age, an honorable military discharge (if applicable), and a high-school diploma or equivalence certificate (if applicable). References from all previous employers may be required.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For Program Registration: Prospective program sponsors must meet with an OA or SAA field representative, as appropriate, for technical assistance to develop a set of apprenticeship training program standards. These include the age and educational background of apprentices, and a schedule of the work processes and related technical instruction subjects to be covered during the training program. The program will be registered if it meets Federal requirements covering (a) the apprenticeability of the occupation(s) and (b) the suitability of the training standards for providing apprentices with sufficient knowledge to become skilled workers.

For Grants: Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are published in the Federal Register and announced on the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA's) Internet website at http://www.doleta.gov. Projects are awarded on a competitive basis. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOA provides all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Not applicable for advisory services and counseling type of assistance.

Procedure for award is specified in the application request. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel will carefully evaluate applications against the selection criteria. These criteria are based on the policy goals, priorities, and emphases set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for grant awards. The ranked scores (which may include the mathematical normalization of review panels) will serve as the primary basis for selection of applications for funding, in conjunction with other factors such as geographic balance, the availability of funds, and which proposals are most advantageous to the government. Award Notices are posted on the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Grants Awarded Page at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/grants_awarded.cfm. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
For grants, from 45 to 90 days.
Appeals
OA refusal to register programs and OA de-registration of existing programs may be appealed to the OA Administrator as provided in Title 29 CFR Part 29.

For grants, procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA.
Renewals
Reinstatement of program registration is set out in Title 29 CFR Part 29.9.
How are proposals selected?
Procedure for award is specified in the application request. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel will carefully evaluate applications against the selection criteria. These criteria are based on the policy goals, priorities, and emphases set forth in the FOA. The ranked scores (which may include the mathematical normalization of review panels) will serve as the primary basis for selection of applications for funding, in conjunction with other factors such as geographic balance, the availability of funds, and which proposals are most advantageous to the government. Award Notices are posted on the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Grants Awarded Page at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/grants_awarded.cfm. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
How may assistance be used?
The Registered Apprenticeship system has been utilized to meet the needs of America's skilled workforce for more than 75 years. It is a unique, flexible training system that combines job-related-technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers compete in a global 21st Century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development. Under the Office of Apprenticeship (OA), apprenticeship training programs and apprentices are registered in 25 States. OA also provides technical assistance and works closely with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) in the remaining 25 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and two territories that register programs and apprentices in accordance with Federal standards. OA provides information on existing and recommended standards of training in Registered Apprenticeship. The wage rates of apprentices in registered programs (Federal and State) are exempt from the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act.

Registered programs are driven directly by the demands of the labor market. The training is industry-recognized, voluntarily sponsored by an individual business or an employer association, and may be partnered with a labor organization through a collective bargaining agreement. OA brings these entities together, as appropriate, to formulate Registered Apprenticeship training programs which meet the federal standards. There are no grant funds available to employers for construction of training facilities, curricula development, and apprentices' subsidies. Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient on the job. Apprenticeships range from one to six years

The "Earn and Learn" training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides an assigned mentor for the on-the-job learning. The related instruction, technical training, or other certified training is provided by training centers, technical schools, community colleges and/or institutions employing distance and computer-based learning approaches. The goal is to provide workers with advanced skill sets that meet the specific needs of employers. Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, participants receive an industry issued, nationally-recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency, is portable, and can provide a pathway to the middle class. In many cases, these programs provide apprentices with the opportunity to simultaneously obtain secondary and post-secondary degrees. Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing but it is also instrumental in training and development in high-growth industries such as advanced manufacturing, energy, health care, homeland security, information technology, telecommunications, and more. The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a quality workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system meets the needs of both workers and employers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress Reports: The program sponsor reports new apprentice registrations, suspensions, cancellations, completions, and program status to the OA or SAA field representative. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
For program sponsors: Apprenticeship selection records showing compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements set out in Title 29 CFR Part 30 are required to be kept for 5 years. The program sponsor reports new apprentice registrations, suspensions, cancellations, completions, and program status to the OA or SAA field representative. Program sponsors must record and maintain all records concerning apprenticeship as may be required by OA or recognized SAA and other applicable law as provided in Title 29 CFR Part 29.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For grants, procedures for each project are specified in the FOA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: applicable FOA.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Regional or Local individuals are encouraged to communicate with the Regional Directors of the Office of Apprenticeship (OA), as appropriate. The Regional Directors are the following: Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virgin Islands), Ms. Jill A. Houser, Boston Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Room E 370, Boston, MA 02203, Telephone (617) 788-0177, FAX (617) 788-0304, E-mail: houser.jill@dol.gov; Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), Mr. Thomas J. Bydlon, Philadelphia Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 170 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 820-East, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Telephone (215) 861-4830, FAX (215) 861-4833, E-mail: bydlon.thomas@dol.gov; Region III (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee), Mr. Garfield G. Garner, Jr., Atlanta Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Room 6T71, Atlanta, GA 30303, Telephone (404) 302-5478, FAX (404) 302-5479, E-mail: garner. garfield@dol.gov; Region IV (Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming), Mr. Steven D. Opitz, Dallas Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, Federal Building, 525 S. Griffin Street, Room 317-L, Dallas, TX 75202, Telephone (972) 850-4681, FAX (972) 850-4688, E-Mail: opitz.steve@dol.gov; Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin), Mr. Dean Guido, Chicago Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, Federal Building, 230 South Dearborn Street, Room 656, Chicago, IL 60604, Telephone (312) 596-5500, FAX (312) 596-5501, E-Mail: guido.dean@dol.gov; Region VI (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), San Francisco Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 90 Seventh St., Suite 17-100, San Francisco, CA 94103,Telephone (415) 625-2230, FAX (415) 625-2235.
Headquarters Office
Anna Velez, USDOL/ETA/OA
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Ave., NW, N-5311, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: velez.anna@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-2796 Fax: (202) 693-3799
Website Address
http://www.doleta.gov/oa
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0172-0-1-504 - Federal Salaries and Expenses; 16-0174-0-1-504 - Project Grants.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $30,000,000; FY 15 est $31,000,000; and FY 16 est $37,000,000. (Project Grants) FY 14 $2,000,000; FY 15 est $1,000,000; and FY 16 est $0 - Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations (WANTO).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Further information concerning the Registered Apprenticeship Program may be found in the following regulations:

Title 29 CFR 29: "Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for the Registration, Amendment of Regulations," at http://www.doleta.gov/oa/pdf/FinalRule29CFRPart29.pdf

Title 29 CFR Part 30: "Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training" at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2010-title29-vol1/pdf/CFR-2010-title29-vol1-part30.pdf
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No data is available. Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015/PY 2014 WANTO grants are part of the two-year award period (FY 2014/PY 2013 and FY 2015/PY 2014). Fiscal Year 2016: No data is available. Grants expire in Program Year 2016.

 


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