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.

Proposed Occupations

(Back row) Employ Milwaukee President and CEO Earl Buford, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship Deputy Administrator Daniel Villao, (Seated) DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Director Karen Morgan and CVS Health Workforce Initiatives Manager Lena Barkley celebrate the kick-off of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 at a signing ceremony for new Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship standards, a Registered Apprenticeship expansion into the Health Care industry made possible by the WAGE$ grant. (Back row) Employ Milwaukee President and CEO Earl Buford, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship Deputy Administrator Daniel Villao, (Seated) DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Director Karen Morgan and CVS Health Workforce Initiatives Manager Lena Barkley celebrate the kick-off of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 at a signing ceremony for new Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship standards, a Registered Apprenticeship expansion into the Health Care industry made possible by the WAGE$ grant.
Advanced Manufacturing Information Technology (IT) Health Care
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
    (Expansion)
  • Maintenance Technician
    (Expansion)
  • Welder/Fabricator
    (Expansion)
  • Mechatronics (New program)

All new programs

  • Computer Network Support Analyst
  • Computer System Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Data Warehouse Specialist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst

All new programs

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Community Health Care Worker
  • 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

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