U.S. Department of Labor awards Hawaiʻi $485,000 grant to expand apprenticeship program
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $485,000 to Hawaiʻi to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs in the state and enhance the National Apprenticeship system.
“The resumption of long-dormant formula funding by the Biden Administration for Registered Apprenticeship Programs will significantly enhance Hawaiʻi’s ability to expand apprenticeship and further diversify the industries that utilize registered apprenticeships,” said Jade T. Butay, director of the state’s Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
Registered Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way for employers to train their employees while fostering worker productivity, loyalty and reliability. Apprenticeships also benefit workers, who can earn while they learn. Given that many people cannot afford to quit working to pursue training or education, apprenticeships can also help address inequities in the labor market.
“Apprenticeships are critical to ensuring Hawaiʻi’s businesses and workers are equipped with the talent and skills needed as Hawaiʻi’s economy evolves,” Butay said. “Expanding Registered Apprenticeship programs across the state that reflects the diversity of our workers also targets underrepresented populations and underserved communities.”