WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.
Vice-President Joe Biden says people who learn skills through an apprenticeship earn more than $50,000 a year on average.
Labour Secretary Thomas Perez says some states are further along than others in building their apprenticeship networks, but every state has a desire to “lift their game.”
Congress has approved the $90 million.
The administration says apprenticeships are helping people land jobs in public transit, information technology and manufacturing.