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Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship

With an expanding community of stakeholders aimed at creating a sustainable talent pipeline, work-based learning and apprenticeships are an important step in merging resources and technical expertise in one place.

Learn more about work-based learning and apprenticeships.

Click here to view Gov. Holcomb's Executive Order of the creation of the Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship.

Request for Application (RFA) for Expanding Registered Apprenticeship (RA) and Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Indiana

On Oct. 21, 2016, DWD was awarded an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant (SEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to expand RA programs throughout Indiana. As part of the State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) grant, the original grant will be extended through Oct. 31, 2020. This additional grant is to support RAs and programs that may lead to RA opportunities. Click here to access the RFA. Click here to access a frequently asked questions and answers resource for the RFA.


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Apprenticeship Expansion Grant Recipients

The Apprenticeship Expansion Grant provided up to $1,179,000 in grants to existing and emerging apprenticeship programs across Indiana, which are listed below. Funds were given to programs that engage industry and other partners to expand apprenticeship to new non-traditional sectors and new populations, identify ways to promote and advance greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeships and/or create or expand pre-apprenticeship programs for both youth and adults.

Labor Institute for Training (LIFT)

  • Grant Funding: $250,000
  • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Description: Concentrates on new and incumbent entry-level workers to increase the pipeline of highly-qualified and diverse individuals prepared to enter the middle- and high-skilled occupations within the growing advanced manufacturing sector via a 3,000-hour Industrial Manufacturing Technician hybrid model.
  • Outcomes: Registering 95 new apprentices across the state, resulting in at least 47 Journeymen Workers


  • Grant Funding: $117,458
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Industry Partners: Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA)
  • Description: EmployIndy and the IHCA will jointly create a minimum of five healthcare programs in different facilities (such as nursing, independent and assisted living) in up to 10 different sites in Marion County. The program models will assist employers to structure on-the-job training and mentorship; identify and procure related technical education and instruction; create plans incentivizing skills gains; and embed nationally-recognized credentials in the training program.
  • Outcomes: Create between five to 10 new registered apprenticeships with IHCA

Vincennes University

  • Grant Funding: $230,000
  • Sector: Construction & Manufacturing
  • Industry Partners: Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Description: Develop pipeline through Vincennes University/ABC Construction Prep Academy for high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to obtain a jumpstart on a career within the construction industry. Vincennes also will offer training in a 15-week CNC Machining Program, with formal agreements in place with employers (Fastenal, Major Tool and others) to recruit apprentices.
  • Outcomes: 30 Construction Apprentices and 24 Manufacturing Apprentices

Ivy Tech Community College

  • Grant Funding: $129,504
  • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing, IT and Health Sciences
  • Industry Partners: Indiana Manufacturers Association, Indiana Health Industry Forum and Techpoint
  • Description: Promote apprenticeship opportunities awareness with an effort to increase enrollment in industrial technology and advanced manufacturing with possible expansion into information technology (IT) and Healthcare industries
  • Outcomes: Increase apprenticeship enrollment by 10 percent (45 apprentices) within area of operations.

Indiana Plan

  • Grant Funding: $50,000
  • Sector: Construction
  • Industry Partners: Northeast Indiana Building Trades
  • Description: Promoting construction apprenticeship awareness to diverse groups, with a focus on women and minorities, for recruitment into skilled trade and apprenticeship programs via construction expos. Funds also will improve the hands-on component of the apprenticeships via upgraded worker training stations.
  • Outcomes: 1,000 applicants reached through recruitment expos with overall intentions of increasing enrollment by 25 percent throughout grant cycle

Pen Industries/Indiana Department of Corrections

  • Grant Funding: $194,975
  • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Description: Equip offenders for successful re-entry through meaningful work and career development training while operating in a self-sustaining manner. The grant will fund the expansion of 46 existing Registered Apprenticeship programs with a focus on five new occupations.
  • Outcomes: Increase of 300 apprentices within the operational programs

Fort Wayne Urban League

  • Grant Funding: $107,064
  • Sector: Construction
  • Industry Partners: Northeast Building Trades
  • Description: Assisting women and minorities through the BUILD program to obtain nationally-recognized certifications via Construction sector. The BUILD program has a 99 percent completion rate as well as a 98 percent job placement rate, and confers multiple certifications via the apprenticeship program.
  • Outcomes: 50-55 participants placed into registered apprenticeship programs

Indiana Careers in Construction Association

  • Grant Funding: $100,000
  • Sector: Construction
  • Industry Partners: Indiana State Building Trades
  • Description: Build a new generation of diverse construction tradesmen and tradeswomen who may not otherwise consider a career in construction by providing them one point of entry for a multitude of Indiana apprenticeship programs.
  • Outcomes: Attract diverse talent enrollment and meet the demand-driven workforce needs of the contractor partners of the ICCA apprenticeship programs that include boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, elevator constructors, glaziers, ironworkers, laborers, operating engineers, painters, plasters and cement masons, plumbers and steamfitters, sheet metal fitters, electricians, roofers and sprinkle fitters.

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