The Adams County Workforce and Business Center has access to a new Federal grant program, the Innovation, Diversity, and Equity in Apprenticeship (IDEA) Grant, that builds on the success of previous apprenticeship grant programs.
The IDEA Grant was awarded to the CDLE Office of the Future of Work (OFOW) by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration under the competitive discretionary award “State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation (SAEEI)” grants. Colorado received the maximum award – $10 million – to expand programming and inclusive recruitment strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce.
Adams County Workforce and Business Center is making this grant available to qualified programs and participants in Adams County to help boost the apprenticeship opportunities that will create an increase in the available skilled workforce.
Participants 16 years of age and older who are not enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program, or if a job seeker is enrolled in a quality pre-apprenticeship program and is likely to enroll in a Registered Apprenticeship Program within the grant’s period of performance, will be eligible for these funds. ACWBC hopes to focus on youth, women, people of color, justice-involved, individuals with disabilities, and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the targeted industries include Healthcare/Behavioral Health, IT, Cybersecurity, Education, Public Sector, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Logistics, Energy, and Infrastructure. These are some of the fastest-growing industries in the County.
This grant will continue through March 31, 2025. It offers a great opportunity to access earn while you learn programs in Adams County and ensure Adams County has a growing talent pipeline for the future.
For more information call 720-523-2400 or access the Workforce Center information on the Adams County website: www.adcogov.org.