Mayor Barret to Announce Two Major Awards for Milwaukee from the U.S. Department of Labor to Create More Than 700 New Apprenticeships
September 14, 2015
Milwaukee has been awarded two large grants from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the American Apprenticeship grant initiative. One of the projects is a unique and innovative regional partnership with Detroit and St. Louis to share current apprenticeship best practices and develop 300 new apprenticeship opportunities in high growth industries, including construction, healthcare, information technology and manufacturing.
The other project funded is the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s AIM High Wisconsin, which will create 300 undergraduate apprenticeships and support 120 secondary school students in a pre-apprenticeship program.
Mayor Tom Barrett, Jeffrey Morin, President of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Earl Buford, President/CEO of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, will discuss the funding for these two innovative projects and the value of apprenticeships.
Hands-on apprenticeships, where workers earn and learn at the same time, are a proven path to good, secure middle-class jobs. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000. The return on investment for employers is also impressive — studies from around the globe suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.