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Are you a workforce professional looking to provide your clients with new services? Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs both provide excellent pathways to rewarding careers. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has opened up additional sources of support for these programs, and they are increasingly being adopted.

The PA Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) works closely with local Workforce Development Boards and PA CareerLink® offices from across the State to build awareness and knowledge around apprenticeships. In addition to regularly presenting Apprenticeship 101 webinars and providing additional resources to workforce staff, the ATO also supports the Registered Apprenticeship Navigator program, an apprenticeship program that trains people to start and manage apprenticeship programs.

Contact the ATO to find out more about how we can support your work!


This guide provides PA CareerLink® staff with an overview of strategies to connect jobseekers and employers to Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs. It includes detailed information on how to utilize various WIOA funding streams to support RA programs, subject to local policy, procedures, and funding availability. This guide also provides detailed instructions on how PA CareerLink® staff may help their local area meet targeted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) indicators.

Funding Opportunities

Registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships have access to a growing number of federal and state funding programs that can support your training, including the GI Bill (which provides supplemental support to veterans engaged in apprenticeship), Pell Grants (which can cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies) and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (which may provide wage reimbursements to the employers or wrap around services for apprentices). The PA Department of Labor & Industry also makes supports apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs through its PAsmart and Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) funding initiatives. Please refer to the resources below for the latest opportunities.


Provides an overview of funding resources available for apprenticeship programs in PA.
This quick guide provides information for companies, employers, labor, apprenticeship sponsors, educators, workforce professionals, intermediaries and community-based organizations on using Federal funds and resources to support registered apprenticeship.

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