2017 Apprenticeship Plus Adult Program

​Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Background


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.

Program Goals


Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of American industry by connecting job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.  Pilot projects funded under this NOFO will support the following goals and objectives:

  • Create 606 new Registered Apprentices in 18 months
  • Create 46 new Registered Apprenticeship programs in Illinois in 18 months
  • Expand 92 existing Registered Apprenticeship programs in 18 months
  • Provide 909 individuals with apprenticeship-related services in 18 months
  • Serve 478 individuals from underrepresented populations in Registered Apprenticeship

Program Design


Illinois was recently awarded an Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and implement comprehensive strategies in support of apprenticeship development.  A major activity under this grant is to fund pilot regional initiatives that rapidly expand Registered Apprenticeship, as well as pre-apprenticeship programs that have a formal connection to Registered Apprenticeship programs.  This funding opportunity is specifically targeted to ADULTS throughout Illinois.

Eligible Costs


Illinois was awarded an Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and implement comprehensive strategies in support of apprenticeship development.  Projects that are funded under this NOFO must be focused on Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship as defined by the US Department of Labor.  See Attachment D of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for information on how to use the federal workforce funds to support the expansion of apprenticeships. 

Eligible Applicants


This competitive funding opportunity is limited to public and private organizations that are in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State that have the capacity to administer this program.

Application Information Session - Register Today!


The Department of Commerce coordinated a webinar to provide organizations with information regarding the application requirements Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on February 9, 2017 at 1PM. Watch the archived recording and download the presentation below.

  • Illinois Apprenticeship Plus ADULT Program NOFO Session (SlideShare)

NOFO Materials


  • 2017 Apprenticeship Plus Adult Program NOFO Application (MS Word)
  • 2017 Apprenticeship Plus Adult Program NOFO Attachments (PDF)
  • 2017 Apprenticeship Plus Adult Program NOFO Supplement (PDF)
  • 2017 Apprenticeship Plus Adult Program Uniform Budget Template (Excel)

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