TUMWATER – More than $1.8 million in state grants are being awarded to support apprenticeships across the state this summer and fall, with more on the way.
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recently began providing grants to apprenticeship programs and the nonprofit organizations that support them. The funds expand access and improve learning experiences statewide.
This is the first round of more than $8 million in grants available through the end of this fiscal year. In total, this is one of the largest amounts distributed by L&I for registered apprentices.
The grants cover several areas, including technology and distance learning, equipment upgrades, and driver education vouchers for minors.
“These funds will improve apprenticeship technology and ensure apprentices have access to the support they need to succeed,” said Celeste Monahan, Deputy Director of Fraud Prevention and Labor Standards. “We are very excited for these organizations and look forward to others participating.”
First-round recipients include programs across the state that train more than 3,600 apprentices. They are:
* North West Workers, Kingston, $699,000
*NW Electrical Industry JATC, Mount Vernon, $301,083
* North West Labourers, Tukwila, $300,210
*Seattle Pipe Trades, Seattle, $145,665
* JATC Ironworkers Local 14, Spokane, $113,967
* Inland Empire Electrical, Spokane, $76,201
* Seattle, Kent area roofers, $75,325
* JATC Electric Southwest Washington, Tacoma, $57,826
*Washington Construction Teamsters, Pasco, $18,527
* Spokane Community Health Association, Spokane, $17,777
* Electric Traders, Battle Ground, $17,527
* Frontier Electrical Apprenticeship, Vancouver, $10,016
* Washington Cares, Seattle, $8,750
* Computing for All, Bellevue, $3,750
Although the grant application period is open through December 31, the deadline to spend the current money is June 30, 2023. State-registered learning programs and supporting nonprofit organizations apprentices should apply as soon as possible.
It’s easy to apply: Organizations can submit a single application form. L&I estimates that each request takes at least 30 days to review.
There is grant information and funding updates on the L&I website. Potential applicants can also email questions or call 360-902-5320.
There are approximately 200 registered apprenticeship programs in the state. More than 22,000 people participate in the programs, which cover some 220 different professions.
The latest round of grants builds on last year’s $15 million grant from L&I to the Machinists Institute and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, representing The Boeing Company engineers and other technicians.