The Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Office of Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning (OAWBL), is seeking proposals to support registered apprenticeship expansion and the development of new apprenticeship programs, including pre-apprenticeships leading to registered apprenticeship employment. Eligible applicants for these funds include governmental entities, including workforce development boards, high schools, career and technical education centers, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations.

OAWBL is particularly interested in projects that seek to increase access to registered apprenticeship for the underrepresented and underserved populations, focused in the following industries: K-12 teacher occupations, care economy (childcare, home or long-term care, etc), climate/clean energy, public sector, supply chain (logistics, transportation, manufacturing), construction trades, IT-related, manufacturing, and healthcare, including public health care; however, other occupations will be considered based off supporting labor market information and the type of funding available.

Funds can support Personnel & Fringe, costs for the Related Technical Instruction (up to $2000 per apprentice), costs for pre-apprenticeship program, and/or Supportive Services (up to 20% of total budget.) No other costs will be allowed/supported through this funding opportunity.

Projects will be reviewed and scored based off the completion of the request for funding template. Please note, awards granted are contingent on grant funding the office expects to receive and will have a planned period of performance date of July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025. It is possible that revisions to the proposed budget and/or outcomes will occur based off funding availability. OAWBL will seek to provide access to the type of funding that best fits each proposal awarded.

Please use the Request for Funding Template to form your proposal. Additional attachments are provided below and explained in the template itself.

Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Questions can be directed to OAWBL at or by calling 573-526-8259.