ApprenticeshipNH will be awarding $340,000 annually to support public/private partnerships to expand Pre-Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs across the state. Funding will be awarded through a request for proposal (RFP) process and aimed at improving statewide apprenticeship resources and networks through a new regional hub model that aligns with the geographic locations of community colleges. The RFP has been posted to the CCSNH website.
The Regional Hub model supports a coordinated, national investment strategy that aims to strengthen and modernize the U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship system and promotes Registered Apprenticeship as a workforce solution. Regional hubs are a partnership between industry, community organizations, education, and state agencies. 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 NH’s in-demand industries of construction, education/childcare, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, technology and transportation/logistics.
Through this four-year effort, CCSNH seeks to engage at least 50 to 100 employers and enroll 500 to 700 participants in Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs), as well as develop 32 new Pre-Apprenticeship programs while expanding 60 existing Pre-Apprenticeships. Underscoring this work is the promotion of greater inclusion, equity, diversity and access to these workforce solutions with a commitment to increased cultural awareness from employers and greater inclusion of underserved populations.
“We are seeking proposals that will expand the infrastructure of Registered Apprenticeship pathways to fill critical workforce demands and provide opportunities for all residents of New Hampshire,” said Anne Banks, CCSNH Apprenticeship Programs Manager. “This funding opportunity will allow industry leaders and community organizations to explore and implement strategies that best address the needs in their region.”
The RFP process is open through March 10, 2023 (EXTENDED TO JUNE 30) and will be awarded in three tiers based on the number of apprentices served on an annual basis from the Apprentice Building America (ABA) grant awarded to CCSNH from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Tier 1 – $10,000 – $25,000 Award: Expansion of one RAP and enrollment of 20 new Development or expansion of one Pre-Apprenticeship Program and enrollment of 30 new pre-apprentices. Required partnership with two community or industry organizations. Identification and targeted outreach to one underrepresented population.
- Tier 2 – $26,000 – $50,000 Award: Either: Expansion of two RAPs with the development or expansion of two Pre-Apprenticeship Programs and the enrollment of 40 new apprentices and 60 new pre- Or, the development of one new RAP and one new Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the enrollment of 40 new apprentices and 60 new pre-apprentices. Required partnership with three community or industry organizations. Identification and targeted outreach to one underrepresented population.
- Tier 3 – $51,000 – $100,000 Award: Either: Expansion of three RAPs with the development or expansion of three Pre-Apprenticeship Programs and the enrollment of 50 new apprentices and 80 new pre- Or, the development of one new RAP and one new Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the enrollment of 50 new apprentices and 80 new pre-apprentices. Required partnership with three community or industry organizations. Identification and targeted outreach to two underrepresented populations.
ApprenticeshipNH is hosting a series of informational events open to the public. CLICK HERE to register.
- Webinars: February 7th at 9am and February 9th at 3:30pm
- 4 Regional Partner Connection Events: (Week of February 13th – dates and locations to be announced)
ApprenticeshipNH was established in 2017 and is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to assist employers in 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 ensured knowledge transfer when filling retiring positions with qualified, skilled workers. To date, 1,167 individuals and 63 companies have benefitted from the program. Visit ApprenticeshipNH.com for more information.