Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Technical Assistance (TA) Centers of Excellence

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June 22, 2021

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Original Opportunity Notice: FOA-ETA-21-06

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $130 million in grants to develop, modernize and diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 15 states and to establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence in three states and Washington, D.C., to provide technical expertise and services and accelerate the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs.

“Today’s announcement reflects the Department of Labor’s renewed commitment to expanding Registered Apprenticeship to train U.S. workers and ensure that diversity and inclusion are core elements of our nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Using Registered Apprenticeships to expand career opportunities for all workers, especially those in under-represented populations, is a priority for the department and a critical component of the Biden-Harris administration’s American Jobs Plan.”

To facilitate expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs, the department also awarded nearly $31 million through cooperative agreements to establish four Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence to provide technical assistance to apprenticeship programs and their enrolled trainees. Located in key areas, the RA-TA Centers of Excellence will seek to create successful and inclusive talent pipelines that meet the needs of today’s industries, workers and communities. Centers of Excellence will provide technical assistance to employers and industry to build out model-registered apprenticeship programs across a range of industries and jobs, including those in America’s critical supply chains. The centers will also work across public and private sector partners to expand opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship for women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals and people with disabilities. The RA-TA Centers of Excellence awardees are: 

  • Jobs for the Future - Diversity and Inclusion Center
  • Safal Partners - Strategic Partnerships and System Alignment Center
  • Urban Institute - Apprenticeship Occupations and Standards Center
  • The Council for State Governments - Data and Performance and Best Practices Center
Awardee information
AwardeeLocationService AreaAward AmountDetails
Jobs for the Future (JFF) View Abstract (PDF) Boston, MANational$13,000,000.00
Safal Partners View Abstract (PDF) Houston, TXNational$6,995,940.00
Urban Institute View Abstract (PDF) Washington, DCNational$7,000,000.00
The Council for State Governments View Abstract (PDF) Washington, DCNational$4,000,000.00