Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Labor has received a total of $5,594,187 to support and expand apprenticeship programs across the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity, and Innovation (SAEEI) Grants Program.
“Apprenticeship programs provide Mainers with invaluable experience, helping to prepare them for a lifetime of success,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this funding to expand access to apprenticeships across our state, which will help more Mainers take advantage of these rewarding programs to gain critical skills and obtain quality jobs.”
The SAEEI Grants Program aims to support and expand apprenticeships by expanding systems to support the development, modernization, and diversification of Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs); improve partnership and alignment to support workforce system integration; increase the number of apprentices enrolled in RAPs, including underrepresented populations; and promote innovation in program development and recruitment strategies.