- Division of Apprentice Standards
Media Contact for Apprenticeship Growth and Expansion Grant Opportunity
Patrick Mitchell, Director, Apprenticeship Expansion and Work-Based Learning
To: Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors and Workforce Partners
From: Patrick Mitchell, Director
Date: March 3, 2021
Subject: Apprenticeship Growth and Expansion Grant Opportunity
Purpose: To notify Massachusetts Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors, prospective sponsors, Related Technical Instruction training partners and other workforce development partners of an Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) grant funding opportunity announced March 1, 2021.
Background: In June 2018, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) published the Apprenticeship Expansion Plan: 2018, a strategic planning document compiled with inputs from and the support of multiple education, business, labor, legislative, and community partners. The goals of the strategic plan are to expand Registered Apprenticeship to priority industries of healthcare, manufacturing, and technology; diversify the existing apprenticeship workforce; and enhance apprenticeship programs through varying strategies.
To support the goals of the Apprentice Expansion Plan, Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Legislature approved a first-time state line-item, 7003-0151. Accordingly, state line-item apprenticeship grants will be issued in alignment with the strategic plan and will be further complemented by federally funded apprenticeship grants awarded to the Commonwealth and intended to achieve similar goals, including impact beyond expansion sector apprenticeship growth.
Announcement: On March 1, 2021, EOLWD released Request for Responses (RFR) Apprenticeship Growth & Expansion Grants (Commbuys Bid Number 21-1043-1043C1043L-59235), which can be found here: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-21-1043-1043C1043L-59235&external=true&parentUrl=bid
An optional Bidders Conference webinar is scheduled for March 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM EST and will be accessible through the following link:
RFR responses are due March 26, 2021 by 3:00 PM EST.
Submission instructions can be found in the previously provided Commbuys link.
Any questions must be submitted by email to the following address: CandP@mass.gov by March 10, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST.
The following categories will be available for competitive funding through the RFR:
Category 1: Apprenticeship Related Technical Instruction for Expansion Industries
Category 2: Apprentice Placement Services
Category 3: Apprenticeship Sector Hub Development
Category 4: Statewide Manufacturing Apprenticeship Intermediary
Category 5: Youth Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Training Services
Please refer to the provided Commbuys link for additional details: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-21-1043-1043C1043L-59235&external=true&parentUrl=bid
EOWLD will also release a forthcoming RFR related to diversity through apprenticeship in the Construction and Building Trades. More information will be available soon.
All Apprentice Issuances can be found at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/apprenticeship-issuances.