Announcement: Applications for the Third Cohort of Apprenticeship Ambassadors will close on February 29, 2024. If your organization has experience with Registered Apprenticeship and wants to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor to promote, expand, and diversify Registered Apprenticeship, please apply by this deadline.
The Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative seeks to create a national network of employers, labor organizations, industry associations, program sponsors, educators, workforce intermediaries, minority-serving institutions, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to serve as champions for expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship.
What is the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to expanding, diversifying, and modernizing Registered Apprenticeship to support the success of workers, employers and communities across the country. As champions for Registered Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship Ambassadors will partner with DOL to:
- Promote and expand awareness of the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship in the U.S. for industry, employers, career seekers, educators, and communities as a whole;
- Identify and scale innovative practices and partnerships to modernize, strengthen, and accelerate the adoption of Registered Apprenticeship;
- Increase access and support for underrepresented and underserved populations in Registered Apprenticeship including women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals, and people with disabilities; and
- Communicate the business case for Registered Apprenticeship as a mainstream workforce strategy for high-demand industries and creating opportunities for good jobs for all Americans across the economy.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Remarks on Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to the White House to mark a milestone in the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative on September 1, 2022. Members of the initial cohort of Apprenticeship Ambassadors discussed steps to expand apprenticeship programs throughout the nation and promote the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships in numerous industries. To hear more, click here.
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Why Become an Ambassador?
Benefits to selected Apprenticeship Ambassadors include:
Gain National Recognition
National recognition as an Apprenticeship Ambassador, which includes elevating your efforts to expand and diversity Registered Apprenticeship.
Grow Your Network
Being a part of a network of industry, workforce, education, equity, and labor apprenticeship champions where you can share best practices in your industry and/or area of expertise
Shape the Future
The opportunity to partner with DOL to shape Registered Apprenticeship expansion and diversification in your industry, supply chain, area of expertise, and local area
Who Can Become an Ambassador?
Organizations that have a minimum of one year of experience with Registered Apprenticeship are eligible to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador. Examples of organizations that would be eligible to include Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, Related Technical Instruction providers, intermediaries, sponsors of pre-apprenticeship programs that lead to RAPs, and equity partners who have seen the value and benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and want to partner with DOL to help promote, expand, diversify, and modernize it.