A $1 million grant awarded to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is aimed at increasing the amount of registered apprenticeships throughout the state.
The purpose of this new funding is to help the state establish relationships with third-party organizations and connect apprentices with employers. The grant will also allow the Labor Cabinet to compensate businesses for expenses related to the required training and diversify the pool of apprentices in Kentucky.
The cabinet previously received two awards from the U.S. Department of Labor totalling more than $1 million. There are currently more than 3,000 apprentices in nearly 240 different programs in the commonwealth. Kentucky recently became the first state to offer an apprenticeship program for state-employed social service workers in the country.