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$1.5M grant to help expand apprenticeship opportunities

Wisconsin has been awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to help offer more apprenticeship opportunities in construction and other industries.

The ApprenticeshipUSA grant will help expand the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program, which serves as many as 11,000 apprentices and 2,500 employers a year. Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, and Ray Allen, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary, announced the grant on Friday.

“Wisconsin’s nationally recognized program enables employers to build a customized skills training system, immersing trainees in company culture while helping them earn good-paying, family supporting wages as they learn a skilled trade,” Allen said in a written statement.

The grant comes on the heels of a $5 million grant for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies, or WAGE$ project, as well as a $200,000 award in July to add apprenticeship opportunities in the state.

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