American Apprenticeship Grants awarded by department represents the single largest investment to date to expand U.S. apprenticeships...

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NITAS is a national IT workforce development program for companies of any size. NITAS, developed by the IT Community and the U.S. Department of Labor ensures American Industries and its IT workforce maintain global competitive advantage through rapid adaptation to technological innovation, consistently high productivity of IT workers and utilization of superior training and development approaches.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million to 46 applicants through its American Apprenticeship grant competition on September 9, 2015.

The winning grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in industries as diverse as healthcare, IT, and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.
The $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants awarded by department represents the single largest investment to date to expand U.S. apprenticeships and make these proven training opportunities available to more workers and employers.

These grants are part of a broader commitment from the department to create more opportunities for hard-working Americans by advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now.

The 46 grantees have each committed to expanding apprenticeship programs in new and growing industries, to align apprenticeships with further education and career advancement, and to scale proven apprenticeship models that work.

The Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS) is a consolidation of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the new responsibilities of the employer and labor liaison. OATELS engages in partnership activities both internally and externally, ensuring quality service and customer satisfaction

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