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The Biden-Harris Investing in America Agenda, including the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, is sparking a manufacturing, construction, and clean energy renaissance across the country. These historic investments create opportunities for every American—whether they go to college or not—to have access to high-quality training, education, and services that provide a path to a good career without leaving their community.

Earlier this year, the White House announced new efforts to ensure all Americans can access the good jobs created by this agenda. Among the key initiatives in the Investing in America agenda is the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Sprint, which seeks to help meet the rapidly growing demand for workers critical to building clean energy technologies, producing semiconductor chips, and driving a manufacturing boom all across the country. The Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Sprint aims to expand and diversify pathways into good jobs and careers in advanced manufacturing. This national sprint brings together employers, labor unions, workforce development organizations, and others to develop high-quality education and training standards, portable credentials, and labor-management partnerships to ensure a diverse and robust manufacturing workforce ready to lead America’s manufacturing renaissance. 

In alignment of the broader Sprint, during an October 6th event hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal agencies, announced the launch of an Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Sprint, which focuses specifically on expanding Registered Apprenticeships within advanced manufacturing, including clean energy, semiconductors, supply chain, aerospace, automotive and biotechnology sectors/occupations. As part of the Sprint, the Department of Labor’s Advanced Manufacturing-related intermediaries will host Apprenticeship Accelerators, which are in-person or virtual events for industry stakeholders to learn more about creating new Registered Apprenticeship programs or how to quickly join existing programs. For more information about these events and how to attend, visit our Apprenticeship Events page.

Click the Express Interest button below to learn more about how to get involved with the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Sprint, including how to setup, join or expand a Registered Apprenticeship program, or make a commitment to develop a program! 

What is the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Sprint?

The U.S. Department of Labor is partnering with the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies to expand and diversify pathways into good jobs and careers in advanced manufacturing, and ensure a diverse and robust manufacturing workforce ready to lead America’s manufacturing renaissance.

The Sprint seeks to:

  1. Increase awareness of current successful Advanced Manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship programs and how they’re helping industry meet critical recruitment and retention needs and train a skilled workforce.
  2. Increase Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Advanced Manufacturing Sector through Registered Apprenticeships especially for historically underrepresented populations such as women, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.  
  3. Increase awareness and development of pre-apprenticeship programs and other pathways into Registered Apprenticeship programs, especially among youth. 
  4. Identify common high-demand occupationsacross advanced manufacturing subsectors including but not limited to: Aerospace, Biotechnology, Supply Chain & Automation, Clean Energy, Semiconductors, and Nanotechnology.
  5. Increase workforce system alignment through Registered Apprenticeship partnerships with community colleges, labor, employers and other entities to promote the expansion of Advanced Manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship programs.
  6. Educate the public on the efforts the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship is taking to accelerate the process by helping employers to launch programs in as little as 48 hours by using existing industry-vetted and DOL- approved standards. 

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