Kentucky's Use of $750,00 ARRA Funds and Apprenticeship

Posted by Linda Mills - On April 16, 2010 (EST)

Kentucky's ten local WIA Boards Request for Proposals were sent out in November and December of 2009 asking that they partner with Registered Apprenticeship programs and bring forward innovative ideas on how to expand Pre-Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship participation.

After the Pre-Apprenticeship training phase the plan would be for the participants to graduate directly into Registered Apprenticeship programs.  The Registered Apprenticeship  programs are managed by the various partners.  The education/training of recruits is to start in April as well as request for initial funding draws.

Three Workforce Investment Areas in Kentucky were awarded a total of $718,954.  The Greater Louisville WIA received $250,000, the Green River WIA received $250,000 and the Northern Kentucky WIA received $218,954.  All three WIA’s have begun recruiting eligible persons into the Pre-Apprenticeship programs they established in partnership with Registered Apprenticeship programs and others in their geographic areas.

The Greater Louisville WIA expects to enter 72 persons in its two Pre-Apprenticeship training programs.  Twelve of those will be in an intensive Welding program and the other sixty in a general construction program co-developed with Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council.  The latter program will feed graduates into an existing program called the Louisville Pipeline.

The Green River WIA (Owensboro, KY) expects to enter 75 persons in a construction pre-apprenticeship program that will be closely tied to its partners in Electrical, Heat & Frost Insulators and general Construction Trades.

The Northern Kentucky WIA (Covington, Newport, Florence, KY) is shooting for 90 entrants in its Pre-Apprenticeship program.  Bricklayers, Electricians, Plumbers and Sheet Metal industries/unions are the main partners in this program.

"How Are The Local WIA Boards Partnering With Registered Apprenticeship In Your  City?"

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