The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration awarded $99,281,216 in grant investments to 28 grantees for the H-1B Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap (CSG) grant program in February 2020. The Idaho State Board of Education was awarded $1,998,139 for the Idaho Apprenticeship Partnership (IAP) project, which invests strategically in systems and technology by establishing infrastructures to allow for the coordination of apprenticeship programs in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and information technology (IT), including project administration, partnership engagement, and sustainability planning. The program will foster innovation to advance meaningful, diverse, and relevant apprenticeship experiences.
The IAP is comprised of three employers in key regional industries, five institutions of higher education, and several optional partners including the Idaho Workforce Development Council and Idaho Technology Council. The program will serve unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers in Idaho.
Idaho has shown a 116% increase in all apprentices, a 120% increase in new apprentices, and a 463% increase in new programs from 2015 to 2021. Under the state apprenticeship expansion grant investments, Idaho has seen substantial performance on its grants, with 452% of its target goal on its Apprenticeship State Expansion grant and 72.67% of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Equity and Innovation grant.