Milwaukee receives $6 million in federal apprenticeship grants

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded two Milwaukee institutions a total of $6 million in grants that will create more than 700 new apprenticeships in areas including manufacturing. The funding is part of the American Apprenticeship grant initiative.

The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Inc. and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design were each awarded $3 million.

The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board’s grant is to expand seven new registered apprenticeships in IT, health care, manufacturing and construction. The project is a regional partnership with Detroit and St. Louis to share current apprenticeship best practices and to develop 300 new apprenticeship opportunities.

Employers include Quicken Loans, Meridian Health, General Motors, Emerson, Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis, St. John Providence Health System and Goodwill.

The other project funded is the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s AIM-High Wisconsin, which will create 300 undergraduate apprenticeships and support 120 secondary school students in a pre-apprenticeship program.

With participation from such employers as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and GE Healthcare Systems, AIM-High will serve 300 workers in the IT, construction and advanced manufacturing industries in the state of Wisconsin.

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