SD Department of Labor provides funding for new apprenticeship programs



PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is offering $150,000 in funding to help offset initial start-up costs of developing new registered apprenticeship programs.

15 awards, valued at $10,000 each, are available to employers, registered apprenticeship sponsors and education or training providers. They are also encouraged to apply for the Start Today incentive.

Recipients of the Start Today incentive will receive ongoing technical assistance from the Department of Labor and Regulation to register or expand programs with the U.S. Department of Labor and connect to available resources to support inclusive learnings.

“Apprenticeships provide people with the opportunity to experience new jobs and expand the workforce in our high-demand career fields,” said Secretary of Labor and Regulatory Affairs Marcia Hultman. “These dollars will help us expand apprenticeship programs in South Dakota.”

Registered Apprenticeships offer a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from a designated mentor, and companies determine the curriculum and requirements to ensure the apprentice develops the exact skills needed.

“We have an untapped pool of workers, such as younger or older workers, ready to learn new skills,” Secretary Hultman said. “Now is the perfect time for companies to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Apprentices benefit as they receive training and start earning a paycheck on their first day, and a nationally recognized credential is earned once they complete their apprenticeship.

Those interested in applying can download an application, instructions and key incentives here.

A letter or email of intent must be submitted by June 15, 2022 and applications will be accepted until July 20, 2022.