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DLIR NEWS RELEASE: State awarded $1.5 million apprenticeship grant

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Latest Department News

Industries of Focus Include Healthcare, Culinary, Construction, and Hospitality

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it was awarded $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand its registered apprenticeship programs by partnering with high-growth businesses and industries to train and produce skilled workers. DLIR will initiate outreach and recruitment events to not only inform and engage employers but also to attract a wide array of persons into existing and new apprenticeship programs for both traditional and non-traditional apprenticeship programs.

“Expanding apprenticeship programs is a win-win because they allow student workers to earn a living wage while achieving continued growth in their occupation,” said Linda Chu Takayama, DLIR Director. “Apprenticeships are also a cost-effective way for employers to train their employees while fostering worker productivity, loyalty and reliability.”

Key outcomes expected include expanding employer networks and support employers’ continued engagement to ensure sustainability of health apprenticeship programs, to establish new models of post-secondary career pathways that are adaptable and flexible and meet industry’s current and future needs, to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented population through career awareness, pre-apprenticeships, and apprenticeships. Target populations include low-income, underrepresented populations such as women, veterans, Native Hawaiians, and persons of disabilities.

DLIR will collaborate with key partners to hold outreach and recruitment events to attract new apprentices. Other important grant activities will include presentations to employer networks and meetings of professional associations to provide technical assistance, assistance to employers in developing on-the-job work processes, development of promotional materials in the healthcare, culinary, construction and hospitality industries to inform and educate potential apprentices, and sessions to provide career awareness and pre-apprenticeships.

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