Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced more than $9 million in federal funding for the Texas Workforce Commission to support a statewide apprenticeship program.
These funds, $9,450,000, were awarded though the U.S. Department of Labor Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation program, will support the statewide expansion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program in order to meet local apprenticeship needs while enhancing employer engagement and performance.
“Apprenticeships are significant opportunities in today’s workforce,” Congressman Cuellar said in a news release. “Not only do they allow for young people to gain real-world experience, but it also allows for employers to mentor and develop their apprentices with the right skills that further the company’s or organization’s objectives and goals. This federal investment will ensure that the Texas Workforce Commission continues to deliver quality on-the-job training for our up-and-coming workers.”
“As a senior member on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that empowers those entering our labor market and strengthens our economy. I’d like to thank all those involved at TWC for their commitment to enhancing the Lone Star state’s economic prosperity through a strong workforce, as well as fostering a competitive environment which attracts a variety of new employers each year.”
Through a two-tiered funding system that provides states with maximum flexibility in supporting the programs’ goals, while addressing needs and enhancing employer engagement, performance and positive outcomes, Texas received funding in both Tier I and Tier II streams.