Apprenticeships can improve and expand employer-driven regional sector partnerships, increase career pathway opportunities that lead to industry-recognized credentials and improved employment and earnings, and provide career services and opportunities for populations facing multiple barriers to educational attainment and economic advancement. Quality work-based learning opportunities – with Registered Apprenticeship as a centerpiece – are a major focus of lllinois’ WIOA Unified State Plan. To lead and coordinate these statewide efforts, the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board created a standing Apprenticeship Committee to oversee a major capacity-building and promotion effort in Illinois to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeships, pre- apprenticeships, and youth apprenticeships in Illinois. Programs funded under this NOFO will be expected to accelerate and expand the work of the Apprenticeship Committee serving Adults throughout Illinois.
The application due date has been extended to April 17, 2017.