Virginia awarded $1.6 million grant to expand apprenticeship program

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $1.6 million in grant funding Wednesday to expand apprenticeships across Virginia, according to Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.).

The three-year grant would add 800 additional apprentices across the Commonwealth, the governor said. The Registered Apprenticeship Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), already serves approximately 12,000 Virginia-based apprentices who work and train under the guidance of about 2,200 employers. Subject areas include computer programming and construction.

“Registered apprenticeships allow workers to gain in-demand skills training and education while also providing businesses with highly-qualified, work-ready employees,” Northam said. “This funding will support our ongoing efforts to grow Virginia’s diverse and talented workforce and greatly expand apprenticeship opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”

According to Northam’s office, the Commonwealth has high labor shortages in healthcare and technology. He hopes these new apprenticeships will fill some of the shortages.

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