The state Department of Labor and Regulation is providing 370-thousand dollars in incentive funding to help businesses and organizations expand the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs in the state.
Businesses could apply for up to a maximum of 20-thousand dollars in funding to help offset the initial start-up costs when developing a new program.
There are more than 20 businesses and organizations receiving the incentive funding. Some in our area receiving the maximum 20-thousand dollars include the South Dakota Funeral Association of Madison for a funeral director, the Dell Rapids Veterinary Clinic for a veterinary lab animal technician, and Claims Associates of Sioux Falls for a claims adjuster.
Department of Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman said there is a pool of untapped workers ready to learn new skills, and this will expand training opportunities, especially in rural communities.
Programs designed to increase engagement for under-represented populations such as females, Native Americans, limited-English proficient individuals, youth ages 16 to 24 and individuals with disabilities were given priority.
Incentive funding recipients, occupations and funding award include: