Registered Apprenticeship: A Descriptive Study of States’ Systems and Growth

Registered Apprenticeship: A Descriptive Study of States’ Systems and Growth

Published: Sep 03, 2020
Publisher: Mathematica
Associated Project

State Apprenticeship Expansion

Time frame: 2017-2020

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration


Rebecca Dunn

Key Findings

Survey findings indicated that, overall, states have made efforts to expand their registered apprenticeship systems.

  • A majority of state respondents (64 percent) reported that their agency had increased staff working on apprenticeships.
  • More than two in five (43 percent) states reported that legislative or regulatory changes to support apprenticeships had been made in the previous three years.
  • States reported that they had implemented or had introduced incentives offered to employers to sponsor registered apprenticeship programs.
  • 14 states reported that state funding for related technical instruction only became available in the past two years, increasing the number of states offering this support to 35 of 52 states responding (68 percent).

In 2016, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) awarded $51 million in State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) grants to 36 states and one territory to support states’ efforts to develop and implement comprehensive expansion strategies for apprenticeships. Thirty-six of these SAE grantees received continuation funding of $49 million, for operation through Fall 2020. This report presents findings from a survey of states administered in early 2020 that documented grantees’ and other states’ efforts to expand registered apprenticeships and the challenges they faced.

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