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Feds Award $140,000 to Expand S.D. Apprenticeships
South Dakota Ag Connection - 08/11/2022

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has awarded $140,000 to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeships Programs in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant funds 100% of this initiative.

Businesses, registered apprenticeship sponsors, and education and training providers could apply for up to $10,000 in incentive funding to help offset the initial start-up costs when developing a new program.

"Registered apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to build a quality workforce with the exact skills they need to fill their openings," said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman.

Priority was given to programs designed to increase engagement for under-represented populations, such as females, Native Americans, limited-English proficient individuals, youth ages 16 to 24 and individuals with disabilities.

"We have a pool of untapped workers ready to learn new skills, and this will expand training opportunities, especially in rural communities," said Hultman.

Fourteen businesses were approved for the following occupations and received $10,000 each:

Angelhaus: behavioral health aide

Howe Inc.: fire sprinkler fitter

HRMC: information technology specialist

Independent Health Solutions: community health worker

Lester Robbins: concrete construction laborer

North American Drainage: trench technician, equipment operator, ag construction contractor

River City Transit: Driver, CDL and non-CDL

Roger's Pharmacy: pharmacy technician

Rosenbauer America: paint technician

Rosenbauer America: welder

Stems LLC: specialty crop farm worker

Temperature Technology, Inc.: electrician, HVAC service technician

Venner Farms: farm worker

Wheeler Manufacturing: press shop technician

Award recipients will work with DLR staff the next few months to develop their programs and submit to the U.S. Department of Labor for approval by National Apprenticeship Week celebrated in November.

For more information on apprenticeships, visit StartTodaySD.com.


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