$12 Million in Funding Expands Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Skilled Workforce
For Career Seekers
Maricopa County is offering apprenticeship opportunities to bolster the pipeline of skilled workers in a variety of career fields. The $12 million program is estimated to help approximately 3,000 people find apprenticeships through 2026.
The apprenticeship opportunities will connect participants to career pathways that support the major industry drivers of the local economy, including construction, healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
Recognized as a national leader in apprenticeship enrollments by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Maricopa County Human Services Department, in partnership with the Maricopa County Workforce Development Board helped 348 people successfully attain apprenticeships through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Fiscal Year 2022 and has a 95% success rate for placing apprentices in jobs.
In addition to providing $12 million in apprenticeship opportunities, Maricopa County announced several other initiatives for innovative college and career opportunities to develop long-term success and build a skilled workforce for in-demand careers. These efforts have included:
A $750,000 investment in a nurse readiness program
A $14.5 million investment announced in March that grows training and credentialing program for workers targeting in-demand career fields
A $1.3 million investment was announced in May to fund construction career training opportunities
Opening a Workforce Development Center in Mesa and partnering with the Maricopa County Library District to expand access to career training resources in the East Valley
The funding is part of Maricopa County’s $435 million allocation of the federal American Rescue Plan Act which delivers a wide variety of services to help people recover from the effects of the pandemic. Find financial, housing, legal, wellness, and educational assistance at Maricopa.gov/HelpWithBills.
Maricopa County invites organizations to participate in the Apprenticeship Program. Staff from the Human Services Department are available to walk your organization through every step of becoming registered with Maricopa County to offer apprenticeships!
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Organizations should contact one of Maricopa County’s Business Services Representatives who can get you started. They’ll be happy to answer any questions your organization may have about the process.