WAGE$ Grant



Grant Overview

Building on national support to expand apprenticeships, the United States Department of Labor has awarded $5 million to the Department of Workforce Development to fund the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) grant. The grant, which is part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative, covers the five-year period of October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020.

Key project goals include training 1,000 new apprentices across 12 occupations in 3 sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, and Information Technology. Newly developed programs will be industry-led and may be modified based on discussions with employers regarding training needs.

WAGE$ Program Occupations

(Children's Hospital of Wisconsin became the first sponsor of the new Data Analyst registered apprenticeship. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin became the first sponsor of the new Data Analyst registered apprenticeship during 2018 National Apprenticeship Week.

Front, left to right: Cindy Anderson, Employ Milwaukee; Abby Dexter, Children's Hospital. Back, left to right: Nick Abbott, BAS; Peter Coffaro, Employ Milwaukee; Joshua Johnson, BAS; Adam Cook, Children's Hospital; Jeff Sullivan, Chippewa Valley Technical College. Photo credit: Children's Hospital.
Advanced Manufacturing Information Technology (IT) Health Care
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
    (Expansion)
  • Maintenance Technician
    (Expansion)
  • Mechatronics
    (New program)
  • Welding: Automated Welding
    (Expansion)
  • Welder/Fabricator
    (Expansion)

All new programs

  • Data Analyst
  • IT Service Desk Technician
  • Software Developer
  • #4 To Be Determined
  • #5 To Be Determined

All new programs

  • Community Health Care Worker
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician

The Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards will leverage the existing statewide Wisconsin Apprenticeship Model to expand Advanced Manufacturing in the state and to register new Health Care and Information Technology apprentices. The grant goals also include strengthening collaboration across the Workforce Development Boards and other Wisconsin apprenticeship stakeholders and implementing new outreach initiatives.

Timeline of Key Activities

timeline depicting five school years of activities: 2015-2016 Kick Off Project and Develop Programs, 2016-2017 Expand Advanced Manufacturing, Begin Mechatronics, and Explore Information Technology and Health Care Programs, 2017-2018 Further Develop Programs in Information Technology and Health Care, 2018-2019 Continue Expanding in All Sectors, 2019-2020 Continue Expanding in All Sectors

This project is funded whole or in part by the Department of Labor, receiving Federal funding at $5 million which reflects 100% of the project's total budget.


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