WAUKESHA - Grants totaling $6 million from the U.S.
Department of Labor will help fund apprenticeship programs affecting
600 workers in the Midwest, including Waukesha County.
According to the announcement, a $3 million grant was
awarded to the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Inc. to
expand seven new registered apprenticeships in information
technology, health care, manufacturing and construction. Another $3
million grant was given to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
to fund the AIM-High Wisconsin Apprenticeships in Manufacturing &
HighTech Wisconsin project.
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board President
and CEO Earl Buford said the grants could result in a “lot of growth
for Waukesha County.”
“This opens the floodgates to help southeastern
Wisconsin,” he said.
Most trade careers are dependent on considerable
training, Buford said, and this grant money will help companies
educate valuable workers. The funds to the Milwaukee Area Workforce
Investment Board, Inc. will be shared with its consortium partners
in St. Louis and Detroit and will benefit 300 apprentices. Employers
include Quicken Loans, Meridian Health, General Motors, Emerson,
Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis and St. John
Providence Health System and Goodwill.
The grant to MIAD is expected to help an additional
300 workers in information technology, construction and advanced
manufacturing industries through apprenticeships, according to the
announcement. Participating employers include Harley-Davidson Motor
Company and GE Healthcare Systems.
“GE Healthcare is proud to partner with MIAD in
providing the on-the-job-training and essential career experience
through the AIM High Wisconsin program. The exceptional
apprenticeship, mentoring, and training that will be provided in
this program will help drive new innovations, provide a specialized
employment-ready workforce and help fill critical talent gaps in
industrial design in companies like GE Healthcare. We are looking
forward to continuing our collaboration through other projects,
lectures and internships in the future,” said Robert T. Schwartz,
general manager of Global Design & User Experience for GE
Healthcare, in a statement.
Buford said it will be helpful to have funding for
industries to develop apprentices that normally don’t have them,
like information technology and health care.