Concord, N.H. (June 1, 2023) – ApprenticeshipNH, a workforce program of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), is offering incentive funding to support launching or expanding a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to help fill critical workforce demands and provide opportunities in high demand industries. The incentive funding totaling up to $70,000 per year for four years is available for employers who build new RAPs and retain apprentices for six months.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide incentive funding to employers to assist in engaging a wide variety of employers in building new Registered Apprenticeship programs and in retaining apprentices,” said Charlotte Williams, CCSNH Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) Grant Manager. “Registered Apprenticeships are a proven workforce solution for many New Hampshire companies. Through this incentive funding, we can provide resources to companies interested in planning and building apprenticeship programs to help with their workforce needs while creating career opportunities across the state.”
ApprenticeshipNH, through the support of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grants, is enhancing statewide apprenticeship resources and networks by establishing four Regional Apprenticeship Hubs that align with the geographic locations of New Hampshire’s community colleges. The Regional Hub model supports a coordinated, national investment strategy that aims to strengthen and modernize the USDOL’s Registered Apprenticeship system and promotes RAPs as a workforce solution. ApprenticeshipNH will serve as an intermediary within each Hub to provide technical assistance and financial support for the development of apprenticeship programs across a spectrum of sectors and occupations. This includes New Hampshire’s in-demand industries of construction, education/childcare, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, technology and transportation/logistics.
A minimum of two employer incentive funding awards are available in each of the seven sectors listed above. The criteria for incentive funding eligibility is as follows:
- $4,000 incentive when standards are signed for a new RAP within three months of submitting the application form.
- $500 incentive per apprentice (up to a maximum of eight apprentices) retained for six months from the start date of their RAP.
ApprenticeshipNH awards funding on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. For more information please email: Charlotte Williams, email@example.com.
ApprenticeshipNH was established in 2017 and is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to assist employers building registered apprenticeships, pre-apprentice and high school programs in high-demand sectors including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, transportation/logistics, and education/ childcare. ApprenticeshipNH has a history of assisting New Hampshire employers with Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and programs with high school students as proven recruitment strategies. Participating employers have experienced increased productivity, boosted employee retention, improved company culture and an ensured knowledge transfer when filling retiring positions with qualified, skilled workers. To date, 700 individuals and 63 companies have benefitted from the program. Visit ApprenticeshipNH.com for more information.
The total funding of the ApprenticeshipNH initiative is $10.6 million with 99 percent funded through the following U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration grants in the amounts indicated: Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) Grant, $1.35 million, State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 (SAE2020) Grant, $3.45 million, and Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) Grant, $5.8 million. Additional support of less than 1 percent is provided by third party scholarship grants for programs developed through the ASE grant.
Photo caption: Using ApprenticeshipNH’s “earn while you learn” model, these medical assistant apprentices are gaining the skills to become Certified Clinical Medical Assistants to help fill in-demand positions. (Photos courtesy of LRCC)